k-12 education

1:27 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

West Ky School Districts in Top 100 of Niche Rankings

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(Editor's note: We missed Lyon County; the school system was ranked 27th. The list has been updated.)

Niche.com, an education survey group, has released its 2015 rankings of the best K-12 Schools in the nation and the state, several of the school are in our listening area. 

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2:19 am
Wed June 25, 2014

West Ky. Teachers Are Ready to Teach Next Generation Science Standards

WKEC teachers take a guided tour of Union City's Discovery Park of America.

Kentucky K-12 schools are preparing for the implementation of the new Next Generation Science Standards, which  have been met with acclaim and some controversy both in the commonwealth and across the country.

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3:30 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Schools Say "Race To The Top" Funds Greatly Needed


Twenty-nine Kentucky school districts plan to apply for a new round of Race to the Top grants. The U. S. Department of Education will dole out $400 million to districts this December. The DOE wants recipients to use the money to personalize student learning.  Paducah Independent Schools superintendent Randy Greene says that’s exactly the kind of funding his district needs.

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K-12 Education
9:00 am
Sun August 5, 2012

Bring Your Own Device to Graves County High School

Mechelle Gattis leads a group of GCHS teachers through an example of the in-class quiz tool.
Shelly Baskin WKMS News

In the Graves County High School library, Amanda Henderson introduces a group of the school’s teachers to the new Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD program. Henderson is Graves County’s District Technology Integration Specialist. The BYOD program she’s discussing is a simple solution to a common problem. Schools need to keep their educational resources up to date, but lack the money to continually refresh them. Henderson says ideally, they would provide every student with their own computer, but in reality, it’s just not feasible.

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3:21 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Kentucky Science Scores Exceed Nation Average in NAEP Tests

Kentucky’s science scores in the latest national assessment exceed the national average, but that may not be the case for long. 

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2012 General Assembly
4:27 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Governor's Preschool Funding Proposal Gets Cut

An effort by Governor Steve Beshear to expand preschool services in the commonwealth did not make it into the final state budget.

Beshear put a $15 million appropriation for preschool in his budget proposal. The House cut that figure in half and funded other education programs with what was left. The Senate struck all the money, saying it wouldn't be right to expand some programs while slashing others. And after days of budget talks, the Senate won the argument.

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K-12 Education
4:18 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Crittenden County Schools to Use K9 Drug Prevention Program

Crittenden County Schools officials have updated their drug prevention policy by adding random K9 searches of the schools.  Board of Education members voted to change the current random drug testing policy this week. Director of Pupil Personnel Al Starnes says there were growing drug problems at the school despite random tests. The board hopes the K9 program will be a better deterrent. Starnes says,

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