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6:43 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Dunn to Attend Open Forum

Murray State University President Randy Dunn will attend an open forum today Tuesday.

The Faculty Senate and Staff Congress are hosting the special meeting from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Curris Center Theater where Dunn will answer questions. 

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Education
12:21 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Paducah Businessman Chairs 'The Fund' to Help Fund Innovation in Kentucky Education

 Kentucky business leaders and education advocates are teaming up to start a new funding source for innovation in education.

The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky—also known as the The Fund—is being launched to help with grants and extra fundraising for the Kentucky Department of Education.

Billy Harper, a Paducah businessman and the Fund's chairman,  says the new group won't replace traditional funding, but will be around to help fund innovative ideas or collect grants for them.

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Education
2:33 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Dunn Interviews At Youngstown State

Murray State President Randy Dunn is interviewing for a new position today. He is among eight semi-finalists to be Youngstown State University's next president. The committee is expected to present the most qualified candidates to the Youngstown State Board of Trustees no later than May 15. The board will then determine which of the candidates to invite for campus interviews and will select the next president no later than the Board of Trustees meeting on June 12.

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Higher Education
2:45 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak at EKU Commencement

Credit whitehouse.gov

First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in  Eastern Kentucky University's May commencement ceremony. 

EKU President Doug Whitlock says his office got a call from a member of the First Lady’s staff almost a week ago.  Eastern is receiving national attention for the help it gives Veterans working to further their education.  Whitlock says it caught the eye of Mrs. Obama.  A White House staff member asked if she could attend the University’s graduation ceremony.  Saying it was more than okay, Whitlock says the school was seeking a speaker for the third exercise. In fact, he says it was the only one her schedule would permit.

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Education
8:11 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Schools Join Advance Kentucky, But Program Funding to End

Credit mspmentor.net

Ten high schools across the state are joining Advance Kentucky, a program to train teachers and get more students taking Advanced Placement exams.

In 2007 Kentucky received $13 million from the National Math and Science Initiative to start the program. Gregg Fleisher is the Chief Program Officer for that organization.

“Since Advance Kentucky has been in the program, Kentucky ranks first in the country for the percentage increase in the number of students passing Advanced Placement exams. First in the country,” he said.

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Education
8:06 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Kentucky School Boards Offered $10K to Adopt New Dropout Age

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky education commissioner Terry Holliday says the first 57 school districts that raise their dropout age from 16 to 18 will be given a $10,000 state grant.

Holliday made the announcement Wednesday during a state Board of Education meeting in Frankfort. Just before the announcement, board members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution urging Kentucky's 174 school districts to raise the dropout age as soon as possible.

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Higher Education
5:18 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

2012 Student Survey Results Show Positive Results for Dunn

Depiction of Student Survey Results
Credit Chad Lampe

WKMS has obtained, through an open records request, a 2012 student survey assessing the performance of Murray State President Randy Dunn. The survey's results are overall positive. In a letter to the Board of Regents that accompanied the survey results Student Regent Jeremiah Johnson wrote “Judging by the survey, the student body is supportive of President Dunn and his administration. All of the questions/statements were rated in the 75-80% approval rating.”

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Education
4:05 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Local Schools Make National Performance List

Schools in Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Graves, Marshall and Muhlenburg Counties are on the 2012 National Center for Educational Achievement Higher Performing Schools List. The list recognizes schools that are raising student achievement levels more quickly than other schools with similar student populations.

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Education
5:37 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Teaching Poetry to Kids and Recording for Radio

Murray State’s Teacher Quality Institute’s Constance Alexander brings poetry to the studio on Sounds Good today. She’s produced Poetry Minutes for WKMS over the past several years. In the conversation, she reads some of the poems written by area school kids for the project, and talks about teaching poetry to kids, how to interpret something like a photo or painting using carefully constructed words.

Click here to listen to this year's Poetry Minutes.

Bonus: Here's last year's Poetry Minutes!

Higher Education
2:05 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Murray State Alumnus Prepared to Divert Donations to Dunn's Legal Costs

Dr. Richard Hurt
Credit Mayo Clinic

A prominent Murray State Alumnus' letter to the Board of Regents and Governor Steve Beshear urges the reinstatement of President Randy Dunn and the resignation of Board Chairman Dr. Constantine Curris.

Dr. Richard Hurt of the Mayo Clinic is known internationally for his work on nicotine dependence. MSU’s board of regents voted 7 to 4 on March 15th not to renew president Dunn’s contract. Hurt, in his letter, encourages Dunn to fight his termination in court.

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