Education

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.1 million to Murray State’s Science Department.

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A Daviess Circuit Court judge is recusing himself from presiding over the case of a well-known Owensboro businessman.  Judge Joe Castlen has announced that he will step down from hearing Billy Joe Miles’ case.

Miles is charged with sexually assaulting a woman at his home over the summer.  He pleaded not guilty this week to charges of rape, sodomy, and bribing a witness. 

What does it mean to declare that #blacklivesmatter in education?

Last month the Movement for Black Lives, representing elements of the Black Lives Matter movement and related groups, issued a detailed policy platform denouncing what it called "corporate-backed," "market driven" "privatization" in school reform, and helped set off a furor over this question.

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The Kentucky Department of Education has released its annual Report Card on public schools for the 2015-2016 school year.

Of our region; Murray Independent, Calloway County,  and Ballard County schools rank the highest.  

Calloway County Schools

Calloway County’s Southwest Elementary is one of only 10 schools in Kentucky to be named a Blue Ribbon School this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Kentucky's Democratic leaders have blasted Republican Gov. Matt Bevin for withholding $4.6 million from public school districts — money Bevin says he will release if the districts ask for it.

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State student testing data shows improvements in the four year high school graduation rate and college and career readiness. The just released testing data from the Kentucky Department of Education shows gains in a number of areas.

High school graduation rates along with college/career readiness continue to go up. State officials say the number of schools and districts performing at the highest levels are up from last year, but State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says testing results don’t address future needs.

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The Department of Homeland Security has awarded a contract of $95,290 to Murray State University’s Telecommunications Systems Management. 

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and the Kentucky Commission on Women joined a national effort to increase the number of women in STEM education Wednesday.

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Kentucky youth smoking rates are at an all time low, dropping nearly 10 percent over the past decade. Kentucky Department of Public Health attributes the decrease to the 100% Tobacco-free Schools Initiative, which prohibits the use of tobacco and its alternatives.

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