The way Daphne Patton remembers it, it was more money than she'd ever seen.

It was 1990, and the Kentucky Supreme Court had declared the state's school funding system unconstitutional. Within a year, a lot more money started flowing to the poorest school districts, a 50 to 60 percent increase in their budgets.

Patton, an elementary school teacher from Wolfe County in eastern Kentucky, says schools had an abundance of resources, "everything we needed."

Tennessee Standardized Testing Contractor: No Guarantee on Delivery of Tests

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A new standardized test in Tennessee plagued by delays has hit another setback. Measurement Inc. was contracted to craft the TNReady exam, but CEO Hank Scherich says he can’t guarantee all students will receive materials in time to take the test.

This winter, Jameria Miller would often run to her high school Spanish class, though not to get a good seat.

She wanted a good blanket.

"The cold is definitely a distraction," Jameria says of her classroom's uninsulated, metal walls.

Her teacher provided the blankets. First come, first served. Such is life in the William Penn School District in an inner-ring suburb of Philadelphia.

The hardest part for Jameria, though, isn't the cold. It's knowing that other schools aren't like this.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation authorizing $600 million in emergency funding to keep major Illinois universities operating until fall. 


Western Kentucky University is one step closer to hiring an executive search firm to look for the school’s next president.

The Board of Regents on Friday approved a motion to award a bid to the Boston-based firm Isaacson, Miller.

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Kentucky schools could provide another tool in the state’s fight against heroin. 

The pharmaceutical company AdaptPharma is donating the antidote Narcan, also known as Naloxone, to Kentucky schools. 

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Katherine Farmer has been named Murray State University’s next Faculty Regent, as hers was the only name submitted for nomination.  

Farmer currently serves as director of the Curriculum Materials Center, Education Research and Instruction Librarian and Vice President of the Faculty Senate.  

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The Council on Postsecondary Education Tuition Development Work Group is meeting Wednesday afternoon in Frankfort. 

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Update Tuesday Afternoon:

Officials at Austin Peay State University say six nooses arranged in the colors of the rainbow were part of an art display for a class focusing on yarn and were not intended to be a political statement or hate symbol. 


Tennessee approved phasing out common core Friday to make way for “Tennessee Academic Standards.” Board of Education Executive Director Sara Heyburn says there will be a transition year for training before implementing the new standards in the 2017-2018 school year.