Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:23 pm
"In some places, tests — and preparation for them — are dominating the calendar and culture of schools and causing undue stress for students and educators."
The quote comes not from an angry parent or firebrand school leader but from Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Of course, he's the guy currently in charge of a big chunk of those tests: the No Child Left Behind requirement of annual standardized testing in grades 3-8, plus once during grades 10-12.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has named current KCTCS chancellor Dr. Jay Box the preferred candidate to succeed retiring president Dr. Michael McCall. The system’s Board of Regents selected Dr. Box with a unanimous vote at a special meeting in Frankfort Tuesday. They will meet again November 19th to vote on the final contract for the new president.
Christian County Public Schools is among the eighteen districts across the state to win an Instructional Transformation Grant from the Kentucky Department of Education. CCPS will receive $100,000 annually over three years to help teachers implement the Common Core Academic Standards.
A Jefferson County Public Schools teacher has filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System over its lack of funding. Plaintiff and DuPont Manual High School teacher Randolph Wieck says the system that supports over 140,000 teachers in Kentucky is at least $20 billion dollars in debt.
“We have raced to the bottom and we’re neck and neck with the worst funded teachers plan in the country,” Wieck said.
Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 12:47 pm
When we began our 50 Great Teachers series, we set out to find great teachers and tell their stories. But we'll also be exploring over the coming year questions about what it means for a teacher to be great, and how he or she gets that way.
To get us started, we gathered an expert round table of educators who've also done a lot of thinking about teaching. Combined, these teachers are drawing on over 150 years of classroom experience:
If Kentucky's 2014 elections were up to the students of Calloway County High School, Mitch McConnell would win re-election in the US Senate, Jack Rose would be Murray's next mayor and the county would have a new Parks Tax.
CCHS held a mock election yesterday for local, state and national seats before the November 4th mid-terms.
Political science teacher Marshall Ward says the school started administering the exercise every election cycle since 2000 as a way of invigorating young people to vote.