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9:00 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Green Dorm Construction Booming in Kentucky

College students in much of Kentucky move into dorms later this week.  Many will be greeted by the sounds of construction.  Residence halls are under construction at the University of Kentucky, Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University. And those new buildings will be some of “greenest” ever built in the Commonwealth.

The residence hall or dormitory projects, if you prefer, at Berea College, EKU and UK will be built with energy efficiency in mind.  At Berea College, Vice President Steve Karcher says a new 122-bed green dorm will be sealed against the elements…

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Education
9:48 am
Wed August 15, 2012

EKU President Announces Retirement

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During a meeting this morning of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University, President Doug Whitlock announced his retirement.  Whitlock, who's spent his higher education career at EKU, says his administration will end at the conclusion of this academic year. 

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Education
9:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

New History App Offers Details About Kentucky's Past

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The Kentucky Historical Society is releasing a smartphone app so users can find out more about the Commonwealth's historic sites.  The Explore Kentucky History app connects historical markers, related items in the Historical Society's collections and user-submitted images and stories to points of interest on a map. The information is then grouped together into tours, with a Civil War-themed tour the first available.  The KHS says it hopes Kentuckians and local history groups will participate, submitting images and stories.  The app is available for free.

Education
8:56 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Kentucky Teachers Beg, Borrow and Steal Resources

Kentucky teachers are being pushed to find more resources online as more and more textbooks become outdated and are not being replaced. The problem stems from a state budget that hasn’t allowed for full textbook funding in several years.  Todd County school superintendent Wayne Benningfield says teachers have no choice but to move away from textbooks. He says teachers are always searching for materials that they can, in his words, beg, steal or borrow.

Education
8:33 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Kentucky Board of Ed Changes Restraint Regulations

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The Kentucky Board of Education has approved a new regulation to limit the use of certain disciplinary actions in schools that involve physically restraining or secluding children. The approval came Thursday at the board's meeting in Frankfort. The regulation calls for using restraint or seclusion only if a child's behavior poses a danger of serious physical harm, and says the actions should be avoided. The board also agreed to retain David Karem as chairman for the next 12 months.

Education
4:01 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Christian County High Schools See Big Bump in Graduation Rates

Christian County’s two public high schools were among the many Kentucky high schools increasing their graduation rates for the 2010-2011 school year. 

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Education
9:35 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Social Security Numbers No Longer Required for Student Enrollment

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The Montgomery County, Tennessee school system is no longer requesting student Social Security numbers.  The shift comes months after hackers exposed the personal data of about 4300 current and former students along with the private information of about 4900 current and former employees.  In many of those cases, the data included social security numbers.  School system spokeswoman Elise Shelton says the school system will generate its own identification numbers for students, using the same system as Clarksville-Montgomery County schools.  Shelton says the school system began notifying affe

Education
9:11 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Applications Open for Kentucky Student Council

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Kentucky public school students in grades 10 to 12 who have ideas about how to improve schools and student achievement can apply for appointment to a board that will advise state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.  The Education Department says the Next-Generation Student Council is a yearlong program providing student feedback that also engages student leaders in learning by doing. The group will meet with Holliday and Education Department staff.  Appointments will be based on the applicants' ability to communicate their ideas and goals.

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Education
4:43 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Lowry Receives MSU Degree After 51 Years

Billy Ted Lowry (left) and Dr. Randy Dunn

It's taken 51 years for an area man to receive his college degree but as Angela Hatton reports 74-year-old Billy Ted Lowry felt it was the right time to graduate. 

A small crowd gathered in Murray State University President Randy Dunn’s office to see Lowry receive his diploma.

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Education
10:20 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center Ranks Third in State

Graves Co. School System

Seniors at the Graves County Area Technology Center in Mayfield now rank third among Kentucky high school technology students in mastery of skills needed to go to work. The Graves County students scored 68.3 percent on three Work Keys tests. The tests measure if applicants are qualified for factory jobs and gauge proficiency in reading, applied math and locating information.

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