Education

Murray State
7:12 am
Wed October 9, 2013

MSU Creates New Recruitment Program

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Murray State is experiencing “sluggishness” when it comes to regional enrollment. That’s according to an email sent by Provost and Vice-president of Academic Affairs Jay Morgan to University staff and faculty yesterday.

To address the issue the University is starting a  program called Racer RoundUp to target more students in its service region.

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Education
2:54 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Postsecondary Education Council President Says Kentucky Needs Better Teacher Training

The President of Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education says the state needs to do a better job recruiting and training good teachers.

Bob King says students majoring in elementary school education at Kentucky colleges often have the lowest ACT scores and highest need for remedial courses.

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Drug Education
7:24 am
Tue October 8, 2013

KY Students Urged To Spread Message About Drug Abuse

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Kentucky students are being recruited to spread the message about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

State Attorney General Jack Conway announced yesterday the start of a public service announcement contest for middle and high school students.  As part of the competition, Kentucky students will produce a 30-second video showing the perils of prescription drug abuse.

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Education
7:17 am
Tue October 8, 2013

IL Board Announces Education Funding Hearings

The Illinois State Board of Education is announcing a series of public hearings as it re-examines school funding. The first hearing will be held in Carbondale on Oct. 23 and is followed by others in Macomb, Champaign, Grayslake and Chicago.

Hearing participants will be asked to detail the value of the programs and services they feel are vital to education in Illinois.

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Education
4:14 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Graves County School Board to Vote on Special Election

The Graves County Board of Education will have a special meeting at noon Wednesday, to vote on whether or not to proceed with a special election involving a proposed 18 percent property tax increase.

The tax increase would raise Graves County’s property tax from 37.5 cents to 44.4 cents in an effort to bolster county schools. The special election is a result of a petition circulated by county residents who don’t want the tax increase.

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Drug Use
6:45 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Less Prescription Abuse Among KY Teens

A new study has found a dramatic drop in the number of teens abusing prescription drugs.

The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal reported on results of the 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention School Survey released Friday.

It found that since 2008, prescription drug abuse dropped from 15.2% to 9% among high school seniors and from 6.5% to 2.9% among eighth graders.

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School Prayer
6:35 am
Mon October 7, 2013

ACLU-TN Advises Schools On Game Day Prayers

Praying for your high school football team is OK. But the American Civil Liberties Union says those before-game prayers should not be sponsored by public schools.

The Tennessee chapter of the civil rights group sent a letter to 135 school systems this week saying it has learned that a number of Tennessee high schools are sponsoring prayers at their games.

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Education
6:29 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Murray State Professor Answers Questions About ACA

With open enrollment for Kentucky’s health insurance exchange beginning this week, a Murray State University professor answered questions from the uninsured about the Affordable Care Act in an open forum yesterday. Although purchasing insurance can seem daunting for the uninsured under the new system, political science professor Ann Beck says that is not the case.

“It’s just a very doable process, and you will not have very high costs if you have lower income,” she says.

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Education
6:21 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Haslam Pledges To Increase TN Teacher Salaries

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has pledged to improve teacher salaries over the next several years. Haslam said at a news conference yesterday that by the time he leaves office he wants teacher salaries to have grown more than in any other state.

The Republican governor is up for re-election for a second four-year term next year. Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman joined Haslam and said the administration will review national state-by-state salary data to see that Tennessee's are just as competitive.

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Education
4:25 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

SIU Hires Firm to Help Find Next President

Southern Illinois University’s executive board has hired a Texas search firm and chose its 20-person search committee to help find its new president.

R. William Funk and Associates of Dallas specializes in higher education. The search committee includes faculty, staff, students and community members.

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