Education

Hundreds of educators from 17 states are headed to Kentucky to learn how the state is using a new set of nationwide standards in its public schools to get students ready for college. The forum on the Common Core State Standards will be held Feb. 27 to 29 in Louisville. The state's Council on Postsecondary Education says in a news release that more than 300 educators are expected to attend. The Common Core State Standards are benchmarks designed to ensure a uniform public K-12 education from state-to-state.

The Kentucky House has approved legislation that would raise the school dropout age to 18. House Bill 216 would require all school districts to have the dropout age at 18, unlike a bill that passed the Senate Feb. 8 which let local school boards decide the age. The bill's sponsor, Democrat Jeff Greer says allowing children to drop out of school when they're 16 or 17 is costly to them and the state. They earn less and are more likely to be on public assistance or be incarcerated for crimes. The bill would raise the dropout age to 17 in 2016 and to 18 in 2017.

Kentucky’s 12-year-old Virtual High School program will end later this year as state officials consider a new approach to online education.

The House Education Committee is expected to consider a proposal next week to make the private University of Pikeville part of the state's higher education system.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Tuesday that the proposal remains alive and well, despite some county-level opposition to a plan to use revenue from the state's coal severance tax to fund it.  Former Governor Paul Patton, now president of the University of Pikeville, proposed turning the private school into a state university as a means to allow more Appalachian residents to go on to college.  State funding could lower tuition, m

Charter School Hearing

Feb 14, 2012

After several years, a bill allowing charter schools in Kentucky has received a hearing in a House committee.

Advocates for and against the measure spent this morning debating the merits of the education reform in the capitol. Charter school administrators from other states joined Rep. Brad Montell, the bill's sponsor, and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president Dave Adkission in support of the bill.

ESPN announcer and college basketball icon Dick Vitale is coming to Murray this weekend to broadcast the Racers' BracketBuster game against St. Mary's. Vitale made the announcement over the weekend during the call of the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game on ESPN. The BracketBuster pits the 14 ranked Racers against 16 ranked St. Mary’s. Each team fell slightly in the ESPN rankings following losses last week. Murray State fans have been working to bring Vitale to Murray ever since he expressed interest in calling a Racers game last month.

MurrayState’s men’s basketball team rebounded quickly from its first loss of the season, handing Austin Peay the most lopsided loss in the rivalry’s history this weekend. The Racers led by as many as 28 in the 82-63 victory. They led 37-24 at the half, after a heated exchange led to technical fouls for MSU’s Head Coach Steve Prohm, junior Latreze Mushatt and Austin Peay’s Herdie Lawrence.

Weekend OVC Scores

Feb 13, 2012

And in other OVC men’s basketball action over the weekend, Morehead State beat Eastern Kentucky 58 to 45, Eastern Illinois defeated UT Martin 74 to 71, Southeast Missouri brought down SIU Edwardsville 85 to 72, and Tennessee State beat Tennessee Tech 68 to 53.

Amidst the basketball fever sweeping the Jackson Purchase, one area high school took time out to celebrate some former western Kentucky basketball greats. Sixty years ago, the Cuba Cubs, a small Graves County high school basketball team, took the Commonwealth by storm with an unlikely march to the state championship. Graves County Highs School celebrated that 1952 championship season during half time of a recent basketball game, and invited some of the players from that team to come and be honored.

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The Murray State men's basketball team's amazing winning streak has come to an end. The number nine ranked Racers fell last night at home to Tennessee State 72-68. Coach Steve Prohm's 23 straight wins to start the season were the most by any first year head coach since Bill Hodges' 1978-79 squad won their first 33. But, now at 23-1, Prohm says he's ready to move on. 

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