Education

Higher Education
3:37 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Tuition Ceilings Set for Kentucky Institutions

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education voted on several tuition-related items at its meeting today at the University of Kentucky.

The council will allow comprehensive universities like Murray State to raise tuition up to 5%. Rates for community colleges are capped at 4% and research university rates capped 6%.

The increase is expected to provide the institutions another $45.1 million dollars in extra revenue, but CPE officials say that state appropriation cuts to higher education mean University's will still operate at an overall $79 million deficit.

Education
7:52 am
Wed April 18, 2012

TN Governor Signs Parental Involvement Legislation

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed into law a proposal encouraging school districts to develop parental involvement contracts with students' parents.  Under the proposal, parents would agree to, at a minimum, review their student's homework and offer assistance when needed, sign report cards, ensure that their student is not truant.  They must also attend school functions, and make every effort to attend parent-teacher conferences.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the law is similar to a proposal Michigan passed in 2001.  Another measure advancing in the T

Tennessee
4:36 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Governor Expresses Concerns over Charter Schools Bill

Tenn Gov. Bill Haslam is expressing reservations about a bill seeking to cap the number of foreigners working at Tennessee charter schools.

The Republican governor says he is concerned about the measure headed for his consideration after passing both chambers.

Haslam says the state is trying to promote more science, technology, engineering and math classes in the state, and he doesn't want to close off a potential pipeline of teachers with expertise in those subjects.

Education
4:30 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Henry County Schools Approved for Storm Safe Grants

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Federal and state organizations have approved Henry County Tennessee Schools for grants to retrofit three buildings to be tornado safe spaces. Schools board officials will meet this summer with County Mayor Brent Greer and architects to discuss the $3.75 million project. Director of County Schools Sam Miles estimates the county’s contribution will be about 4-hundred thousand dollars. Miles says construction will start next summer.

Education
7:14 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Parent Grading Bill Headed to Tennessee House Floor

Tennessee parents would grade themselves on how involved they are in a student's school performance under legislation headed for a state House floor vote.  The measure passed the House Finance Committee Tuesday on a voice vote.

Education
4:32 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Fake Websites Offering GEDs

A national education group  is worried Kentucky residents may be purchasing fake GED diplomas online. The Council on Post Secondary Education released a consumer alert today warning Kentuckians of websites offering the diplomas for a fee with no required test. The Council on Post Secondary Education's Sue Patrick says the fake websites take advantage of peoples’ best intentions…

"They turn over their money, they turn over their hope and they don’t get a GED that is recognized as an official test credential."

Tennessee
10:13 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Haslam Urged to Veto Evolution Bill

Opponents of a Tennessee proposal protecting teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theories like global warming are urging Governor Bill Haslam to veto the measure.  Several opponents of the legislation delivered a petition containing more than 3,000 signatures to Haslam spokesman David Smith outside the governor's office Thursday.  Smith told those who brought the petition he would make sure the governor got it.  Haslam says he’ll sign the proposal, which he says encourages critical thinking by protecting teachers from discipline if they help students crit

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Education
9:35 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Kentucky Students Compete in Career Skills

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The 2012 SkillsUSA Kentucky State Conference is under way in Louisville, and today is contest day for hundreds of career and technical education students from across the state.  They’ll compete in areas like automotive technology, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electricity and welding.  The students are from high schools as well as community and technical colleges. Winners will compete in the national championships in June in Kansas City, Missouri.   

Murray State Reading Series: Visiting Writer
4:26 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Crime Novelist Brings his Love of Mystery and Romance to Murray State

Murray State’s Reading Series presents crime novelist Lou Berney Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 in Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery.  Barry Award nominee for Gutshot Straight, Berney’s follow-up novel, Whiplash River, is coming out this year.  Kate Lochte invites us to meet the Oklahoma City University creative writing faculty member.

2011-2012 Reading Series: Visiting Writer 

April 5, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. 

Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery

Speaker's Corner
11:37 am
Tue April 3, 2012

ABA President Bill Robinson at Murray State for Waterfield Lecture

For the annual Harry Lee Waterfield Distinguished Lecture Series, American Bar Association President Bill Robinson spoke to Murray State students and faculty on the topic of "Justice on a Shoestring: The Real Cost of Underfunded Courts."

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