Kentucky is following Colorado’s lead by starting a nonprofit education foundation to attract funding for innovative school programs. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is delivering paperwork today to the secretary of state’s office for the new Fund for Transforming Education. The nonprofit’s trustees will meet for the first time Thursday. The Department of Education worked with the Denver-based Colorado Legacy Foundation on the nonprofit. The Colorado group brings millions of dollars into the public school system with programs to improve students’ health and wellness.
October 12th, 2012 Murray State University held a dedication for the newly named Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. Dr. Bauernfeind is a 1960 graduate of the then College of Business and Public Affairs. Dr. Bauernfeind is one of Murray State University’s most consistent supporters.
Ahead of a Monday night Board of Governor's meeting to decide on a new president of Missouri State University, Murray State President Dr. Randy Dunn has self-selected out of the running for that post. In an emailed statement Dr. Dunn cites his love for Murray and Missouri State's affinity to it's internal candidate Clif Smart, as reasons for withdrawing. Smart currently serves as Missouri State's interim president, he also served as the university's general counsel. The University hosted both Dunn and Smart last week for on-site interviews.
Missouri State University’s Board of Governors meets tonight in a closed session in Springfield where they might select a new university President. 5th year Murray State President Randy Dunn and Missouri State interim President Clif Smart are the two finalists for the position.
Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she supports making college tuition more affordable. She visited the University of Illinois-Chicago Thursday and presented a plan to stop rising tuition costs. She says both state and federal officials need to work together to bring costs down. While at the university, she shadowed two students in a chemistry lab work-study program. Simon’s office says increases in college tuition and fees have outpaced inflation, citing a Pew Research Center report that found students had an average of more than $26,000 in student loans in 2010.
The Hopkinsville Police Department has arrested two 13-year-olds and charged them with terroristic threatening for writing a bomb threat note at North Drive Middle School. Police arrested the boys yesterday afternoon after a teacher and a student found the note in the school hallway. Both confessed to school staff on scene and again at the Hopkinsville Police Department.
Murray State University’s Homecoming festivities will include a celebration for reaching a 70 million-dollar capital campaign goal and the dedication of the newly named College of Business and hall of benefactors. The newly renamed Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business holds a reception and dedication Friday starting at 1:30 pm in the lobby. Following that will be the dedication of Heritage Hall, which will house the Hall of Benefactors and several university offices. MSU Alumnus Jesse. D. Jones made gifts allowing the construction of Heritage Hall.
Inaccurate reporting of testing scores from McCracken County’s adult education program has allowed West Kentucky Community and Technical College to get more money from the Commonwealth than it was qualified to receive. Kentucky adult education officials found student testing practices at WKCTC were not in compliance with state and federal policies and established ethical standards. Kentucky’s Adult Education agency requires the programs it funds to administer tests establishing a baseline education level teachers can plan around.
The Kentucky Board of Education recognized two West Kentucky educators for their outstanding leadership and promotion of learning in the commonwealth. The KBE awarded former Murray State President Kern Alexander and McNabb Elementary principal Gregory Ross the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award at their meeting yesterday. McNabb Elementary teacher Julie Gargus nominated Ross, saying he embodied the best qualities of teaching. Michael Buckman nominated Alexander, praising his long involvement in public education.