Education

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. 

Mother and Daughter Team Campaign Against Bullies

Feb 10, 2012

McCracken County's Susan Guess and her daughter Morgan have a message for bullies: enough is enough. Through videos and posts on social media sites Susan and Morgan are getting the word out on the dangers of bullying and how to stop it. They've even raised money to bring in speakers to talk with local civic groups about bullying. Susan says everyone can be a victim of bullying, even adults. She says she's been concerned about bullying in schools for several years, but found a renewed interest in the subject when she found out here daughter was being bullied at her elementary school.

BMI Added to School Health Screenings

Feb 10, 2012

Kentucky education officials are adding a requirement to school health screenings to combat growing childhood obesity problems. The Board of Education recently approved a proposal requiring schools to record a child's body mass index, the relation of body fat to height and weight. Pediatricians say early intervention can prevent life-threatening adult conditions like Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. The proposal also eliminates a decades-long practice of checking middle-school students for signs of the spine condition scoliosis.

The last undefeated college basketball team in the country, the Murray State Racers, fell to Tennessee State last night at the CFSB center in Murray.
The Racers lead for much of the game until the Tigers mounted a 21 to 7 run in the second half. The Racers failed to mount a last second comeback and ultimately lost 72 to 68. The Racers are now 23 and 1 on the season and still number one in the OVC.  They take the court at the CFSB center again Saturday against Austin Peay.

Governor Bill Haslam's plan to lift a cap on class size averages is meeting resistance from educators, but the Republican calls the proposal a key element of his effort to allow school districts to raise teacher pay.  Haslam told reporters after a visit to a Maury County middle school this week that Tennessee is alone in setting both maximum total and average class sizes.  Removing the average size requirement would allow schools to have larger classes, meaning the total number of teachers could drop.  Haslam stressed that the maximum class size limits would remain in place, but some educat

Murray State will be the focus of a special segment of ESPN's College GameDay this week. Crews from the network have already visited Murray to gather material to highlight the Racers' undefeated season. This will be the second ESPN special feature about Murray State in the past few weeks. The Racers' were the focus of ESPNU's All Access last month. The GameDay segment is set to air this Saturday prior to the featured Kentucky-Vanderbilt game. The Racers are back in action tonight, tipping off against Tennessee State at 7:00 in a sold-out CFSB center.

Tennessee parents would be able to opt their children out of extracurricular school activities under a proposal advancing in the state House.  The measure passed the House Education Subcommittee Wednesday on a voice vote. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Education Committee.  Under the legislation, schools would notify parents about the activities by way of student handbooks or policy guidebooks. Lawmakers say those parents who don't want their children to participate in a certain activity would be able to send a note to the school.

The Kentucky Department of Education announced today the state will receive a waiver from some parts of the No Child Left Behind Law. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says this means the state can use its newly developed accountability model to report progress to the US government. Federal legislators are attempting to rework the controversial law, but President Obama bypassed Congress, allowing states to apply for the waivers.

A proposal to raise Kentucky s dropout age to 18 years old has passed a major hurdle.

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