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Murray State University President Dr. Randy Dunn is a half-hour into his interview to be Florida’s next Education Commissioner. Two other finalists for the position interviewed earlier today.

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Kentucky is moving steadily toward the top-tier of states in key education measures according to the “Top 20 by 2020” report from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

From NPR: Jin Li is a professor at Brown University who compares the learning beliefs of Asian and U.S. children. She says that to understand why these two cultures view struggle so differently, it's good to step back and examine how they think about where academic excellence comes from.

More than half of Kentucky's public high school students last year were not prepared for college or careers based on the results of an assessment released today. Despite that finding, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said the results were significantly improved from the previous year's 38 percent. Of the more than 43,000 high school students who received diplomas last spring, about 18,700 were deemed college ready. That's up from about 15,000 found to be college ready the previous year.

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The Illinois Department of Employment Security will send emails to 800,000 business leaders and workers to highlight state services. Agency Director Jay Rowell said Wednesday the emails will offer help to companies in hiring, setting wages and building business plans. He says the effort will help get people back to work. 

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The National Institutes of Health says hearing loss is the third most common health issue in the United States, behind arthritis and heart disease.  Fully 16 percent of our region’s population deals with hearing loss.  Kate Lochte speaks with the Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Virginia Moore and a Commission staff advisor who is deaf, Anita Dowd.  Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Executive Director Virginia Moore says that her goals include improvements for deaf inmates in the correctional system and equal access to education

MSU, WKCTC, APSU Named ‘Military-Friendly’

Sep 19, 2012
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Several regional universities have made the list as a “2013 Military Friendly School.” The magazine G. I. Jobs puts Murray State University, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, and Austin Peay State University among the top 15 percent of schools doing the most to help veterans get an education.

KY Panel looks at teacher recruitment, preparation

Sep 11, 2012
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A team of experts examining ways to improve teacher quality in Kentucky is using its second meeting to discuss recruitment and preparation.  The Prichard Committee Team on Teacher Effectiveness meets today in Frankfort.  Team members will hear from experts and discuss the state's existing programs for teacher recruitment and alternative certification.   The panel was formed by the nonprofit Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, an education advocacy group based in Lexington. Its goal is to make recommendations for the 2014 legislative session.

Schools Say "Race To The Top" Funds Greatly Needed

Sep 5, 2012
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Twenty-nine Kentucky school districts plan to apply for a new round of Race to the Top grants. The U. S. Department of Education will dole out $400 million to districts this December. The DOE wants recipients to use the money to personalize student learning.  Paducah Independent Schools superintendent Randy Greene says that’s exactly the kind of funding his district needs.

KY Ed commissioner warns of low test scores

Sep 5, 2012
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Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is warning districts to expect low scores in reading and math when the results of new state tests are revealed.  In a teacher newsblog post Tuesday, Holliday said scores will be lower in reading and math because the tests are based on benchmarks from new state guidelines adopted for English and mathematics.  Holliday says teachers shouldn’t be discouraged by the low scores, but use them as a basis for improvement.  He says the science and social studies results should be in line with past scores because that content has remained the same sin

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