Education

Special Education
2:17 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Senate Bill Proposes "Alternative Diploma" for Special Needs Students

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A bill creating an alternative diploma for special needs students is one vote away from becoming law.

Senate Bill 43 would apply different core standards to qualified students who would then earn the alternative diploma. Currently, special needs students in Kentucky receive only a certificate when they graduate.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Dennis Parrett, says he’s only trying to fix what he views as a problem.

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Education
8:30 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Kentucky to Hold Education Forum

Hundreds of educators from 17 states are headed to Kentucky to learn how the state is using a new set of nationwide standards in its public schools to get students ready for college. The forum on the Common Core State Standards will be held Feb. 27 to 29 in Louisville. The state's Council on Postsecondary Education says in a news release that more than 300 educators are expected to attend. The Common Core State Standards are benchmarks designed to ensure a uniform public K-12 education from state-to-state.

Education
4:40 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

KY House Votes to Raise High School Dropout Age

The Kentucky House has approved legislation that would raise the school dropout age to 18. House Bill 216 would require all school districts to have the dropout age at 18, unlike a bill that passed the Senate Feb. 8 which let local school boards decide the age. The bill's sponsor, Democrat Jeff Greer says allowing children to drop out of school when they're 16 or 17 is costly to them and the state. They earn less and are more likely to be on public assistance or be incarcerated for crimes. The bill would raise the dropout age to 17 in 2016 and to 18 in 2017.

Virtual Schools
3:57 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Kentucky Virtual High School Decides to End Classes

Kentucky’s 12-year-old Virtual High School program will end later this year as state officials consider a new approach to online education.

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Education
7:09 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Panel to Hear University of Pikeville proposal

The House Education Committee is expected to consider a proposal next week to make the private University of Pikeville part of the state's higher education system.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Tuesday that the proposal remains alive and well, despite some county-level opposition to a plan to use revenue from the state's coal severance tax to fund it.  Former Governor Paul Patton, now president of the University of Pikeville, proposed turning the private school into a state university as a means to allow more Appalachian residents to go on to college.  State funding could lower tuition, m

Education
4:16 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Charter School Hearing

After several years, a bill allowing charter schools in Kentucky has received a hearing in a House committee.

Advocates for and against the measure spent this morning debating the merits of the education reform in the capitol. Charter school administrators from other states joined Rep. Brad Montell, the bill's sponsor, and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president Dave Adkission in support of the bill.

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Education
3:18 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Dick Vitale Coming to Murray

ESPN announcer and college basketball icon Dick Vitale is coming to Murray this weekend to broadcast the Racers' BracketBuster game against St. Mary's. Vitale made the announcement over the weekend during the call of the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game on ESPN. The BracketBuster pits the 14 ranked Racers against 16 ranked St. Mary’s. Each team fell slightly in the ESPN rankings following losses last week. Murray State fans have been working to bring Vitale to Murray ever since he expressed interest in calling a Racers game last month.

Education
7:23 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Murray State Versus Austin Peay

MurrayState’s men’s basketball team rebounded quickly from its first loss of the season, handing Austin Peay the most lopsided loss in the rivalry’s history this weekend. The Racers led by as many as 28 in the 82-63 victory. They led 37-24 at the half, after a heated exchange led to technical fouls for MSU’s Head Coach Steve Prohm, junior Latreze Mushatt and Austin Peay’s Herdie Lawrence.

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Education
7:14 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Weekend OVC Scores

And in other OVC men’s basketball action over the weekend, Morehead State beat Eastern Kentucky 58 to 45, Eastern Illinois defeated UT Martin 74 to 71, Southeast Missouri brought down SIU Edwardsville 85 to 72, and Tennessee State beat Tennessee Tech 68 to 53.

Education
2:25 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Remembering the 1952 State Champion Cuba Cubs

Amidst the basketball fever sweeping the Jackson Purchase, one area high school took time out to celebrate some former western Kentucky basketball greats. Sixty years ago, the Cuba Cubs, a small Graves County high school basketball team, took the Commonwealth by storm with an unlikely march to the state championship. Graves County Highs School celebrated that 1952 championship season during half time of a recent basketball game, and invited some of the players from that team to come and be honored.

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