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4:24 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kentucky’s New Dropout Age Will Be 18

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 1:31 pm

In four years, Kentucky students won't be able to drop out of school until they're 18.

It appears that enough Kentucky school districts have, or plan to back increasing the compulsory dropout age from 16 to 18 to put the state over the threshold needed to make the change mandatory statewide.

More than 20 school districts that have not yet acted on the policy are scheduled to meet this week, and WFPL has confirmed several of those districts plan to adopt the policy.

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Education
1:47 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Kentucky Education Association's New President: 'Teachers Ready for Increased Dropout Age'

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The new president of Kentucky’s teacher union indicates educators are ready for a tougher minimum dropout age.  Many school districts have already acted to increase the minimum from 16 to 18-years-old.  Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler says teachers see the higher minimum drop-out age as an opportunity

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Education
7:36 am
Fri July 5, 2013

2nd Phase Of TN Common Core Training Starts July 9


State education officials are kicking off the second phase of training teachers on how to implement a new set of common core benchmarks for math and reading. More than 30,000 teachers from across the state signed up to be trained in sessions that started last month for math.

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Education
12:42 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Illinois’ Writing Test Back, But Without Funding

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Illinois high school juniors will be given a writing test for the first time in years next spring.

The test will be part of annual standardized tests, but lawmakers haven’t given the state board of education the money to pay for the essays.

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Education
11:21 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Hopkinsville High School Selects New Principal

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A Jefferson County middle school principal is the new Hopkinsville High School principal. 

24-year education veteran Curtis Higgins is currently the assistant principal at Myers Middle School but will take up principal duties at the start of this school year.

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Education
10:43 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Former Madisonville Teacher Faces Sodomy Charges

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A Florida man faces charges of having sex with a minor when he was a teacher at Madisonville's Browning Springs Middle School.

Police arrested twenty-four-year-old Samuel Yardley Hann for sex and related communications with a fourteen-year-old student earlier this month.

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Education
7:13 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Quinn Signs School Safety Measure Into Law

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law requiring the state’s schools to hold safety drills that include practicing responses to a possible school shooting. Quinn says the law he signed yesterday increases school safety in the wake of December's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. Schools already conduct at least six drills a year, including for severe weather.

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Education
12:22 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Inspectors Say McCracken County High School Is Safe

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Building inspectors contracted through McCracken County Public Schools say concerns raised at last week’s school board meeting about the safety of the newly-completed McCracken County High School are without merit.

Bacon, Farmer and Workman Engineering and Testing Vice President Ronald Bacon said the school has passed a battery of tests.

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Education
6:52 am
Mon July 1, 2013

KY School Districts Rush To Approve Higher Dropout Age

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The rush among Kentucky school boards to raise their school dropout age turned into a stampede — set off at least partly by a cash enticement. Local school boards started voting last week to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18, and within the first two days 54 school districts did so.

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Education
6:25 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Beshear Elected Chairman Of Education Group

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has been elected chairman of the 80-member Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board. The board says Beshear will work with governors, lawmakers and state education leaders to improve public education student achievement. He succeeds Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for a one-year term. Beshear was elected during the SREB's annual meeting in New Orleans last week.

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