Education

Education
11:15 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Meet 2012 Gary Boggess Distinguished Lecturer, Geneticist Owen McMillan

Dr. Owen McMillan
Credit stri.si.edu

Each year Murray State’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology honors its former dean Dr. Gary Boggess by bringing in an important speaker. Next Monday, November 12, at 4 p.m., Dr. Owen McMillan, staff scientist and Dean of Academic Programs of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, presents a lecture about scientific work on Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal Zone. Dr. McMillan’s lecture is open to all in Freed Curd Auditorium in the Collins Center for Industry and Technology. There is no admission fee. Dr. McMillan spoke to Kate Lochte about his work.

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Education
9:00 am
Sun November 4, 2012

How Will the Next Generation of Voters Pick a President?

GCHS students vote in a mock presidential election at the school.
Credit Shelly Baskin / WKMS

Every four years a large group of voters get a chance to cast their first ballot for the U.S. President. These voters were m ost likely in high school the last time a president was elected. After a big turn-out of young voters helped push President Barack Obama to victory in the 2008 election, new voters have become a major focus for this year’s campaigns. So with both sides trying to turn young adults into their next party faithful, how does this next generation of voters decide which candidate is right for them?

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Education
1:26 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

W. Ky. Accountability Scores Slightly Higher Than State Scores

Credit Kentucky Department of Education

Western Kentucky counties scored slightly above the state average on Kentucky’s new testing standards. The state’s new accountability model measures districts through subject tests, achievement gaps, growth, college readiness, and graduation rates. Fifty-five point two percent was the state average of those areas, while western Kentucky’s average was 56.6 percent. Murray Independent School District was western Kentucky’s highest scorer, and Fulton County School District was the lowest.

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Education
8:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Kentucky Education Numbers Show Low College Readiness

More than half of Kentucky's public high school students last year were not prepared for college or careers based on the results of an assessment released today. Despite that finding, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said the results were significantly improved from the previous year's 38 percent. Of the more than 43,000 high school students who received diplomas last spring, about 18,700 were deemed college ready. That's up from about 15,000 found to be college ready the previous year.

Education
8:13 am
Tue October 30, 2012

MSU Enrollment Up 2 Percent

Murray State University's enrollment has risen by 2 percent to an estimated 10,832 students. Fall 2012 enrollment showed 6.5 percent growth in freshmen and an 18 percent increase in International students across the board — freshman, transfer and graduate students.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Agencies Speak Out Against Restraint, Seclusion of School Children

Credit lexingtonky.gov

The Kentucky Division of Protection & Advocacy and the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities have released a booklet highlighting the potentially dangerous and harmful effects of restraining and secluding school children. Director Marsha Hockensmith says Kentucky Protection & Advocacy has received more than 100 complaints over the past five years of public schools immobilizing students or confining them to a closed room.

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Education
7:01 am
Mon October 29, 2012

KHEAA Gets Website Overhaul

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority has a redesigned website that officials hope will make college planning an easier task. The agency says visitors should be able to find information to enable them to explore careers, prepare for college and go through the process of financial aid. 

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Education
12:42 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Weakley Co. Teen Supports "Pinky Promise Against Bullying"

Vowell, third from left, poses with other students who appeared in an anti-bullying video for Pinky Promise Against Bullying.

A northwest Tennessee teenager has started an anti-bullying movement called “Pinky Promise Against Bullying.” Carlie Vowell is a sophomore at Westview High School in Weakley County. She and friends are spreading the word that bullying is not OK through videos, radio station spots, a Facebook page, and an online pledge. Angela Hatton spoke with Vowell about the anti-bullying effort.

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Education
4:14 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Edelen Continues Tracking Misspending in Ky. Schools

Credit kentucky.com

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen says he will be expanding his efforts to track misspending in Kentucky school districts. Edelen campaigned on cleaning up education spending and he has already conducted special audits in three districts. The examinations of Kenton, Mason and Breathitt County schools found misspending and poor documentation.

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Education
8:13 am
Thu October 25, 2012

WKCTC Employees Fired for Reporting Inaccurate Test Scores

Two employees involved in reporting inaccurate test scores at West Kentucky Community and Technical College have been fired. The Paducah Sun reports Shannon Ogan and Catherine Hasty received termination letters from WKCTC citing violations of ethical conduct guidelines. An audit of the Adult Basic Education Test found inconsistent markings on tests, which resulted in an extra $137 thousand dollars from Kentucky Adult Education. WKCTC has since returned the extra money to KEA.

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