Education

Student Debt
2:55 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

College Student Debt Surpassing $1.2 Billion Kentucky

A new report says college students in America are a trillion dollars in debt. Kentucky has seen a similar increase where annual student-debt climbed from $324 million in 1999 to almost $1.2 billion a decade later. Erin Klarer, who’s a vice president with Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, still says taking on such debt can sometimes be the right choice.

“You know we don’t want to blanket that all debt is bad but we do at KHEAA we want to encourage responsible borrowing,” said Klarer.

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Scholarship Program at Risk
7:33 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Appalachia Scholarship Proposal at Risk

A plan to create scholarships for college students in the Appalachian region is in danger after the Senate removed the funding in its budget proposal.  The scholarship program was intended as a compromise after a bill to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system couldn’t garner enough support.  It would give college juniors and seniors money to attend private universities or public university partnerships in the Appalachian region to finish their education.  The House’s version of the budget funded the scholarships with coal severance tax money, but the Senate remove

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School Funding
8:33 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Kentucky Schools Could Be in Line for Grant Money

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Kentucky schools will learn today whether they have been selected to participate in a new, almost 27 million dollar college-readiness grant program. Known as GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, the federal grant expects to serve 10,000 Kentucky students from low-incomes schools over six years. The goal is to increase the number of students who finish high school and continue their education. The recipient schools will be announced later this morning.

K-12 Education
3:58 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Christian County Schools Moving on Search for New Superintendent

The Christian County Board of Education is finalizing search a committee as they look for a new superintendent.

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Education
4:14 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Dawson Springs Superintendent Retires

The Dawson Springs Independent School District will be searching for a new superintendent for the upcoming school year. Current Superintendent, Alexis Seymore announced her retirement Monday, effective at the end of the current school year. Seymore served in the post since 2004.

Poetry Out Loud
8:56 am
Mon March 19, 2012

'Poetry Out Loud' Competition This Week

Kentucky high school students will compete this week in the national Poetry Out Loud recitation contest in Frankfort. Champions from 21 high schools across Kentucky will participate in the state finals Wednesday at the Capital Plaza Hotel. The contest was launched in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The Kentucky Arts Council says it helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. The state winner receives $200 and a trip to Washington for national finals.

Education
1:32 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Bullying Bill Heard in House

Parents of children who committed suicide after being bullied at school testified before the Kentucky House Education committee Tuesday, advocating a bill that they say would strengthen the state’s current bullying law. The measure would prohibit harassing behavior and communication based on a student’s race, ethnicity, religion, physical or mental disability, gender, and sexual orientation.  Representative Ben Waide, a Republican from Hopkins County, said he opposed the bill because it would provide special rights to certain people. 

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Operation Preperation
8:50 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Students Prepare for College and Careers

Kentucky students are getting advice this week on how to prepare for college as part of Operation Preparation. Eighth- and 10th-grade students will meet with trained community advisers to review their college and career plans. The sessions will their career aspirations and the required education and training involved. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the goal is to help students maximize their academic preparation and stay on track for success during high school and beyond. The majority of Kentucky school districts will participate in Operation Preparation.

KHSAA Adds Bass Fishing
4:46 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Kentucky Second State to Add Bass Fishing as a Varsity Sport

Kentucky has been the home of bass fishing for some time, and while the sport is a statewide obsession, not until this year has it been officially incorporated into the high school sports spectrum. The Kentucky High School Sports Association made a decision last month to include bass fishing as a varsity sport across the commonwealth.  Drew Adams has more.

MSU President Evaluation
7:51 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Dunn’s Evaluation Still Ongoing

Murray State University President Dr. Randy Dunn’s five-year performance evaluation will likely be completed by the board of regents’ June meeting. Board Chairman Dr. Constantine Curris says this is the first comprehensive review of any President in the history of the University. He says a new policy the board adopted requires the evaluation after five years with the University. It entails meetings with various university stakeholders including faculty, staff, students and community leaders. The evaluation process has been ongoing since the board’s August meeting.

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