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10:00 am
Sun December 30, 2012

New Kentucky Standards Reflect Change in Teaching Focus

This year Kentucky public school students took tests using the state’s new accountability measure for the first time. “College and Career Readiness” are the keywords tied to education reforms brought about by 2009 legislation. The focus is making the students successful, no matter their path in life. In the 2011-2012 school year, students got the first round of tougher math and reading programs, and test scores released in November show how well they did. While school districts’ scores varied, all have benefited from higher standards.  


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Education
1:02 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Western Kentucky Polar Plunge 2013 Set

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Due to technical difficulties, we are not able to provide the audio from Friday's Special Olympics/Polar Plunge interview on Sounds Good. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The 2013 Western Kentucky Polar Plunge is set for February 16, at Kentucky Dam Village. The event is the major annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Kentucky, with several plunges held across the state.

And, yes, it’s what it sounds like: A group of silly, happy people jumping in to freezing cold water for a good cause. Murray-Calloway Special Olympics Coordinator Laura Miller, and Coach Chuck Williams joined Angela Hatton at WKMS's studios to talk about the plunge and Special Olympics.

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Education
6:35 am
Fri December 28, 2012

New Center Combines Education, Workforce Data

A newly created data center will link education and workforce data in Kentucky to try to improve training for students at all levels. Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order earlier this month creating the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics. He says data from individual agencies only gives one part of the picture and that policymakers, parents, students and educators will all benefit from the combined information.

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Education
11:33 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Hopkins Co. Schools to Require ID Checks for All Visitors

While many school districts in the region have a sign in and sign out policy for visitors, at least one western Kentucky school district is tightening its security policy. In the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shooting, visitors to Hopkins County Schools will have to present a valid form of ID at the front office before getting a visitor’s pass.

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Education
11:11 am
Wed December 26, 2012

New Leadership in Senate Doesn't Equal Easier Road for Dropout Bill

Three of the chief opponents to raising the dropout age in Kentucky will not return to Frankfort next year. But that doesn't mean a dropout bill is likely to pass in the next legislative session. Currently, state law allows 16-year-olds to drop out of school with parental permission.

But education advocates want the law changed to eliminate all loopholes and require dropouts to be 18 or older. With a new education chairman and new leadership in the Senate, those advocates are hopeful this will be their year.

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Education
6:48 am
Wed December 26, 2012

New McCracken Co high school reaching naming rights deals

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The new McCracken County High School has reached deals to sell naming rights to their gymnasium and on-campus field houses.  They’re also seeking sponsors willing to pay up to $200,000 to name the football stadium.

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Education
1:53 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Consolidated High School Seeking Sponsors

A new western Kentucky high school has reached deals to sell the naming rights to the gymnasium and on-campus field houses and is seeking sponsors willing to pay up to $200,000 to name the football stadium.

McCracken County High School —the merger of Heath, Lone Oak and Reidland high schools — wants a company to pay $200,000 spread out over 10 years for the rights to the football stadium.

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Education
12:58 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

History Buff Creates 'Tennessee History for Kids'

Bill Carey and his sons Will and Ben
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For years, Tennessee history buff Bill Carey has been concerned about the lack of state history in the schools. Now he is seizing what he thinks is an opportunity to reverse that trend.

Carey is taking advantage of the new Common Core standards that require English and reading teachers to make use of more nonfiction.

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Education
12:35 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Graves Superintendent Galloway Announces Retirement

Pete Galloway
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Graves County Schools Superintendent Pete Galloway says he’ll retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Galloway has worked for Graves County schools for 40 years, and he’s led the district since 2008.

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Education
7:34 am
Wed December 19, 2012

TN Hosts School Safety Summitt

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The Tennessee Department of Education is planning a statewide School Safety Summit for next month. Department spokeswoman Kelli Gauthier says the meeting is a result of concerns following last week’s deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

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