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5:13 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Illinois State University Moving Closer to Hiring a New President

The Illinois State University Board of Trustees ​could decide ​​on it's new president at its quarterly meeing  Friday. Murray State President Randy Dunn is among the finalists for the job. The board's ​executive search committee charged with replacing the school’s president met Saturday to review finalist evaluations.

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8:23 am
Mon May 6, 2013

KY Schools Return To Pencil and Paper Tests Today

After conflicting reports from test vendor ACT about the ability of its technology system to handle online testing, the Kentucky Department of Education is moving to paper and pencil tests for the remainder of the school year. Early last week about 25 districts reported slow connections and sometimes dropped connections from the ACT Vantage testing system that’s used to administer the online end-of-course exams to high school students. 

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Education
8:09 am
Mon May 6, 2013

KY School Districts Seek 'Innovation' Status

Kentucky education experts will soon be examining applications from public schools districts across the Commonwealth that want to become "Districts of Innovation." The state Education Department says the designation allows districts to seek exemption from some rules and regulations to try to improve student learning.

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Education
4:31 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

All About the A.W.E. Early Literacy Station at McCracken Co. Public Library

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Kate Lochte speaks with McCracken County Public Library’s Director Julie Hart on Sounds Good. The Library has added a new computer system designed for children ages 2 to 8, the A.W.E. Early Literacy Station. This is a new service at the library where children can play educational games on specialized computers, geared towards learning math, reading and language skills. Learn more at mclib.net.

Education
12:01 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

MSU Offers New Online-Only Degree

Murray State University will offer a new online-only masters degree in public administration this fall. Department Chair Dr. Bill Cassie said a number of students have expressed a preference in obtaining the graduate degree online. Students can complete the program in 12 or 24 months. Murray State now offers 5 undergraduate degrees and 6 graduate degrees online.

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Education
7:27 am
Fri May 3, 2013

ILL Lt. Gov. Wants Committee To Study School Funding

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Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is encouraging lawmakers to create a committee to study how Illinois funds education and recommend ways to improve it. In a statement yesterday Simon said the General Assembly should pass a resolution sponsored by Sen. Andy Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill.

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Education
7:19 am
Fri May 3, 2013

KY Education Department Says Testing To Resume Monday

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Kentucky education officials say they've been assured technical glitches affecting proficiency tests administered online have been resolved, and testing is scheduled to resume Monday. The state Education Department suspended online testing Wednesday after problems were reported with slow or dropped connections experienced by students taking the computer-based tests in about 25 districts.

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Education
4:58 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Insurance Penalties Loom for Kentucky School Districts

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Area schools are being hit with hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties, in the wake of the dissolution of the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust, or KSBIT.

The penalty payments are intended to fix a $60 million deficit in KSBIT's worker’s compensation and property and liability pools. The penalty amount is 60 percent  based on premiums, and 40 percent based on that school district’s past claims.

The insurance program was attractive to districts due to its low premium costs in worker’s comp and liability coverages.

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Education
11:16 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Kentucky Halts Standardized Tests Because of Computer Glitches

Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing.

Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

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Education
11:09 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Kentucky Halts Standardized Tests Because of Computer Glitches

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 11:04 am

Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing.

Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

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