Education

Growing up, Kelly Jenkins spent his spare time playing sports. He was an all-star player on the baseball team at his school in the mountains of east Tennessee. And sometimes, he wore lipstick to practice.

As he grew up, Jenkins felt like he wanted to become a teacher.

"Everybody told me it was a horrible idea," Jenkins remembers. "They said, 'Nobody will ever hire you as a transgender woman.' "

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A nationally recognized educator is advocating for more teacher freedom in their classrooms. Ron Clark is a featured speaker at the annual College and Career Readiness Summit at Murray State University this week. He spoke at a press conference before addressing a packed room in Lovett Auditorium Wednesday morning. He said teachers are often “shackled” when it comes do doing their job. 

Karen Roach/123rf Stock Photo

Regents for Kentucky's community and technical college system have approved a $6 per-credit-hour tuition increase.

The opportunity to go to college for free is more available than ever before. States and cities, in the last year especially, have funded programs for students to go to two-year, and in some cases, four-year, schools.

Tennessee has taken the idea one step further. Community college is already free for graduating high school students. Now Tennessee is first state in the country to offer community college — free of charge — to almost any adult.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University’s Board of Regents approved on Friday a 'balanced' budget for the next academic year, shifting $7.3 million dollars. They also formally approved Mark Arant as Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, changes to academic programs and numerous other matters. Board Chair Stephen Williams also weighed in on the recent 'scathing' University of Louisville Foundation audit.

Swift Reaction To Scathing University Of Louisville Audit

Jun 9, 2017
Kate Howard, KYCIR, via WFPL

Fallout from the scathing audit of the University of Louisville Foundation started to take hold Friday, while attorneys for two top former school executives pushed back against the allegations.

Kate Howard, KYCIR, via WFPL

The University of Louisville Foundation audit released Thursday paints a picture of excessive and often secret spending on investments, real estate and lavish pay that left the school’s endowment depleted.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made it clear, appearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday, that she sees no connection between school funding and school performance. As evidence, she criticized the Obama Administration's $7 billion grant program to improve struggling schools, an effort that yielded no significant impacts in test scores or graduation rates.

J Tyler Franklin / WFPL

The University of Louisville's board of trustees chairman says a new audit of the school's investment arm "paints a disturbing picture." 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University’s Board of Regents are expected to vote Friday on the budget for the next academic year. The budget is expected to balance a $4.5 million decline this year and address $1.8 million in fixed cost increases. 

Pages