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Paducah Public Schools are closed on Wednesday due to heating issues. 

On the NPR Ed Team, I am what you might call the grizzled veteran. I've seen education trends come and go and come again. And go again.

You get the idea.

In years past, around December, my teammates would often pause by my desk and ask: "What do you think we'll be covering next year?"

I've always found this a fun thought exercise, and, at some point, my editor suggested I jot down my answers and share them beyond our cubicles. And so, here are a few predictions for 2018.

In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, we will hear the words of an English traveler in Kentucky, and for our “Main Event” we will examine J. Proctor Knott’s legendary Duluth Speech, which turned a massive railroad project into a national joke.    

And along the way, don’t forget to support the Fake History Sponsors who support Old Kentucky Tales.  

We have now turned to the final page of this chapter.  But never fear.  More quirky Old Kentucky Tales are yet to be told.    

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  High school seniors who want to learn how to write computer program code have just a few days left to apply for the Interapt Skills High School Program Initiative.


  Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson expects to spend a great deal of time in the state capital over the next few months.


State Education officials say they are making progress in meeting accountability and improvement standards. A key report will be filed with the federal government next month.


From the boardroom to the basketball court, the University of Louisville had a tough year. 


  A university administrator from Washington state has been hired as chief operating officer for the University of Louisville.


  The University of Kentucky's president has selected one of the school's deans to become the top academic officer on the Lexington campus.

Graduate students nationwide can breathe a sigh of relief: Their tuition waivers won't be taxed after all.

A provision in the Republican House tax plan had originally proposed taxing grad students' tuition waivers as income. It was a controversial proposal and sent a wave of anxiety across campuses, leading to protests at dozens of universities.