6:45 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Ky. Education Officials Monitoring Home School Opt-Outs as Dropout Age Increases to 18

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday
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  As the dropout age increases to 18 for most Kentucky public schools next academic year, the state education department will be closely monitoring its data.

Among the indicators that will be watched is the number of students who opt out for homeschooling.

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6:16 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Students Rally for Gender Equality in Madisonville

From left, Madisonville-North Hopkins High School student Brittany Eden, 17, MNHHS student Alyssa Bryant, 17, Hopkins County Central High School transgender student Jessica Martin, 17, and HCCHS student Kailee Sutherland, 16, rally Saturday for transgender bathroom rights at Hopkins County Schools at the old courthouse building in downtown Madisonville.
Credit Jessica Dockery, Lead Reporter for the The Madisonville Messenger newspaper

The fight for transgender rights continues at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School. 15 to 20 students and community members rallied Saturday on the old courthouse lawn in downtown Madisonville.  

Organizers currently have more than 300 signatures on a petition circulating the school. The petition requests teachers call students by their preferred pronouns and to allow students to use bathrooms for the gender of their choosing.  Currently transgender students are asked to use handicap/unisex restrooms. The Madisonville Messenger’s Lead Reporter Jessica Dockery covered the weekend rally.

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10:02 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Former Reidland Middle School Teacher Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

Pictured: Chelsea Rose
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A former Reidland Middle School teacher has been arrested after police received a complaint describing an alleged inappropriate student/teacher relationship. The McCracken County Sheriff Department says Chelsea Rose, 24, turned herself in Friday.

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11:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

McCracken Teacher Resigns Amid 'Inappropriate Relationship' Investigation

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The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged inappropriate relationship between a McCracken County Public Schools teacher and a student.

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4:05 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Murray High School Student Describes All-American Marching Band Experience

U.S. Army All-American Bowl Band

NFL Quarterback Robert Griffith and All-Time Great Lynn Swann presented Murray High School Marching Band senior Prashant Chakradhar a Most Valuable Player Award in January. Chakradhar earned it performing in the U.S. Army All American Band at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Chakradhar is the son of Kala Chakradhar, who is assistant professor in social work in Murray State's College of Education and Human Services. He speaks with Kate Lochte about his experience on Sounds Good.

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1:46 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Centre College Announces $20 Million Gift Towards Lincoln Scholars Program

Centre College is establishing a new scholarship program fueled by an anonymous challenge gift.

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 11:35 am

Centre College is establishing a new full-ride scholarship program aimed at attracting students who want to make an impact overseas.

The liberal arts school in Danville has announced a $20 million challenge gift from an anonymous donor that will be used to fund the Lincoln Scholars Program. The program will award 10 scholarships a year beginning in the fall of 2016.

The anonymous gift offers a dollar-for-dollar match and is part of Centre’s Third Century Campaign, which aims to raise $200 million by 2019, when the school celebrates the bicentennial anniversary of its founding in 1819.

Centre Dean of Admissions, Bob Nesmith, says those awarded the scholarship will get more than just free tuition, room and board, and books. They’ll also receive $10,000 for an independent study project that contains an international component.

“When you take an ambitious 18 year old and say, ‘OK, put together something good and exciting for something somewhere in the world that you want to work on, and we’re going to help you fund it’--that’ll be super appealing to this kind of kid.”

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3:15 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Transgender Hopkins County High School Student Working on Petition to Use Bathroon of Choice

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Updated 1/31/15 12:22 p.m.  

A Madisonville North Hopkins High School transgender student is working on a petition to allow him to use the bathroom he chooses instead of the handicap one made available for those who identify as transgender. School officials haven’t yet received the petition, but say they’ll seek legal guidance although they aren’t aware of any laws regulating bathroom use.

Meanwhile State Senator C.B. Embry filed a bill this month requiring students use the restroom corresponding to their anatomical gender.

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10:01 am
Fri January 30, 2015

NSF Grant Expands Rural Tech Education at Hopkinsville Community College

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Hopkinsville Community College has been awarded its first National Science Foundation grant, a $200k award through the Advanced Tech Education program. It's called "Technological Education for the Rural Community" and focuses on access, low math comprehension and employability. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with faculty members Sherry McCormack of math and Stuart Zieman of industrial electronics to learn more about their project.

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3:29 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Kentucky’s Office of Early Childhood Launches Online Training Program

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Early childhood professionals in Kentucky now have access to a free online resource to help improve their understanding of child development.

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3:27 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Kindergartner Walks Away from Henry County Elementary School

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Henry County, Tennessee school officials are reviewing procedures after a kindergarten student walked away from Lakewood Elementary earlier this week and was found near the four-lane Austin Peay Memorial Highway.

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