4:36 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

[Slideshow] Murray State University and Other Closings Monday, February 16

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

We'll keep this post updated as we learn of weather-related school closings and delays for Monday, February 16.

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4:09 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Kentucky Community College Faculty, Staff Ask President Emeritus to Decline Pay


Upset that retired Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael McCall is taking a $324,000 consulting fee when the system has been running in the red, its professors and staff members are asking him to decline the money.

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3:59 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Glenn Denton First Western Kentuckian to Lead CPE

Credit / Council on Postsecondary Education

Paducah attorney Glenn Denton is the next Council on Postsecondary Education Chair, and the first western Kentuckian to lead the group.

CPE’s board elected Denton to the position today at its meeting in Frankfort as well as naming Joe Graviss of Versailles vice chair.

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4:51 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

CPE's Aaron Thompson on His Appalachian Upbringing, Integration, Achievement Gaps

Credit Chad Lampe / WKMS

Aaron Thompson talked with Chad Lampe on Sounds Good about his upbringing during integration and struggles schools and teachers face today. Listen to the full interview below.


  Aaron Thompson is an outlier. The eastern Kentucky native is the son of an illiterate coal miner father who, he says, signed his name with an X. Thompson's mother held the highest level education in his family. She graduated from the eighth grade. But now, Thompson has risen through the academic ranks to be the chief academic officer for Kentucky's Council on Post-Secondary Education.

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2:45 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

New Regional Career Academy to Open This Fall

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Kentucky's first regional career academy is scheduled to begin offering classes to 25 to 30 students this fall. The students will come from the five north central counties of Carrol, Gallatin, Henry, Owen, and Trimble.

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6:45 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Ky. Education Officials Monitoring Home School Opt-Outs as Dropout Age Increases to 18

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday
Credit Ky. Department of Education

  As the dropout age increases to 18 for most Kentucky public schools next academic year, the state education department will be closely monitoring its data.

Among the indicators that will be watched is the number of students who opt out for homeschooling.

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6:16 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Students Rally for Gender Equality in Madisonville

From left, Madisonville-North Hopkins High School student Brittany Eden, 17, MNHHS student Alyssa Bryant, 17, Hopkins County Central High School transgender student Jessica Martin, 17, and HCCHS student Kailee Sutherland, 16, rally Saturday for transgender bathroom rights at Hopkins County Schools at the old courthouse building in downtown Madisonville.
Credit Jessica Dockery, Lead Reporter for the The Madisonville Messenger newspaper

The fight for transgender rights continues at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School. 15 to 20 students and community members rallied Saturday on the old courthouse lawn in downtown Madisonville.  

Organizers currently have more than 300 signatures on a petition circulating the school. The petition requests teachers call students by their preferred pronouns and to allow students to use bathrooms for the gender of their choosing.  Currently transgender students are asked to use handicap/unisex restrooms. The Madisonville Messenger’s Lead Reporter Jessica Dockery covered the weekend rally.

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10:02 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Former Reidland Middle School Teacher Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

Pictured: Chelsea Rose
Credit McCracken County Sheriff's Department

A former Reidland Middle School teacher has been arrested after police received a complaint describing an alleged inappropriate student/teacher relationship. The McCracken County Sheriff Department says Chelsea Rose, 24, turned herself in Friday.

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11:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

McCracken Teacher Resigns Amid 'Inappropriate Relationship' Investigation

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The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged inappropriate relationship between a McCracken County Public Schools teacher and a student.

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4:05 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Murray High School Student Describes All-American Marching Band Experience

U.S. Army All-American Bowl Band

NFL Quarterback Robert Griffith and All-Time Great Lynn Swann presented Murray High School Marching Band senior Prashant Chakradhar a Most Valuable Player Award in January. Chakradhar earned it performing in the U.S. Army All American Band at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Chakradhar is the son of Kala Chakradhar, who is assistant professor in social work in Murray State's College of Education and Human Services. He speaks with Kate Lochte about his experience on Sounds Good.

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