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2:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Stewart Co. Closes Schools for Second Time This Year

Stewart County, Tennessee schools are closing due to student illness for the second time this year. Transportation Director Eric Watkins says because a large number of students are out sick, the district will not hold classes tomorrow, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

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Education
10:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Unfunded Liabilities in Teacher Pensions Rising

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A new report says teacher pensions across the country have an unfunded liability of nearly $325 billion. The National Council on Teacher Quality issued its findings today. Council Vice President Sandi Jacobs says one problem is retirement eligibility. In Kentucky, teachers can retire with full lifetime benefits after 27 years of service, regardless of age.

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Education
8:45 am
Thu December 13, 2012

GED to Undergo Drastic Changes in 2014

The GED is set to undergo drastic changes in 2014. Most pressing is that the cost of taking the exam will double from $60 to $120 beginning in January.  ACE2 Adult Education Direct Cris Crowley tells The Madisonville Messenger although Madisonville Community College currently covers $40 of the fee he’s concerned since more than 90 percent of adult education students in Hopkins County are at or below the poverty level.

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Education
7:46 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Ohio Co. Teacher Chosen for Hall of Fame

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A western Kentucky teacher is among the three chosen for the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Juanita Park began teaching in Ohio County in 1944 and worked with student teachers from Western Kentucky University until 2012.

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Education
2:58 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

GRREC Plans to Personalize Student Learning with Race to the Top District Funds

Forty million dollars in Race to the Top federal funding is going to help western and central Kentucky students take more responsibility for their learning.

Green River Regional Education Cooperative, or GRREC, is a consortium of Kentucky school districts. GRREC district Race to the Top winners announced this week include Owensboro Independent, Daviess County, and Union County.

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Education
11:47 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Dunn Won't be Florida Education Commissioner

Murray State President Dr. Randy Dunn won’t be Florida’s next Education Commissioner. The Florida Board of Education unanimously chose another finalist, Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett, during their meeting today.

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Education
5:04 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Dunn in Florida Interviewing for Commissioner of Education Postion

Murray State University President Dr. Randy Dunn is a half-hour into his interview to be Florida’s next Education Commissioner. Two other finalists for the position interviewed earlier today.

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Education
4:43 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

WKCTC A Finalist For 2012 Bellweather Awards

West Kentucky Community and Technical College is a finalist for a 2013 National Bellwether Award for its efforts in creating a cultural transformation that resulted in the college being named a top-five community college by the Aspen Institute in 2011.

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Education
1:43 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Green River Regional Educational Co-op Wins $40 million in Federal Grants

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Kentucky's Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, or GRREC, is a winner an estimated $40 million in Federal Race to the Top District Funds. GRREC represents 23 Western Kentucky School Districts, including Union County, Daviess County and Owensboro Independent. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne  Duncan says this year’s Race to The Top saw many new school districts competing for funds.

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Education
3:54 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Prichard Committee Report Shows Strong Gains in Kentucky Student Achievement

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Kentucky is moving steadily toward the top-tier of states in key education measures according to the “Top 20 by 2020” report from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

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