Kentucky Department of Education

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11:58 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Kentucky Education Commissioner Announces Retirement

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After more than five years at the helm of the Kentucky Department of Education, Commissioner Terry Holliday has announced plans to retire. 

At the state Board of Education meeting in Frankfort Wednesday, board chairman Roger Marcum, read a letter from Holliday.

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Education
3:52 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Kentucky Grad Rates Among The Top In Nation

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The Kentucky Department of Education is touting the state’s graduation rate during the 2012-2013 school year, which was above the national average.

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Education
1:16 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Kentucky School Districts Brace for $8M in State Cuts

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Kentucky School districts are bracing for a mid-year state funding cut totaling nearly $8 million.

The cut is relatively small given the state’s $2.9 billion K-12 budget. 

Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Hirem Desai says the cuts are due to mostly higher than projected attendance which despite the funding cut, is a good thing. 

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Education
5:36 am
Mon January 19, 2015

New ‘Bluegrass Diploma’ to Emphasize College, Career Readiness for Kentucky Students

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Kentucky educators are experimenting with possible changes to the state’s high school diploma.

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Education
2:51 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Education Officials Seeking Input on Core Academic Standards

Credit Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky teachers, parents, and other interested citizens now have a chance to weigh in on the state's core academic standards. It's the first time public comment has been sought since the standards were implemented in 2011.

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Education
12:30 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Local Schools Start K-PREP Testing This Week

This week, most school districts across our area administer the 2014 K-PREP standardized test.

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Arts
4:05 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Kentucky Governor's Mansion Seeks Student Art & Essays

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Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear is seeking original art and/or essays form public, private and home school students as part of a year-long series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Governor's Mansion, also known as "People's House."  Rebecca Blessing of the Kentucky Department of Education joins us on Sound Good with the details.

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Education
4:14 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Budget Review Discussion Includes Call for University Presidents to be More Politically Active

Credit mspmentor.net

A review of higher education budget issues has included a call for merging education administration and urging university presidents to become more politically vocal. The discussion occurred during a meeting of the state budget review committee.

State Council for Postsecondary Education President Bob King set the stage. He presented a number of graphs to committee members. One depicted steeply intersecting lines with increasing tuition costs and decreasing state funding support. King said since 2008 funding cuts per college student far outdistance reductions for children in kindergarten through high school.

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Government
11:09 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Federal Restrictions On School Snacks Not "Monumental" To Kentucky

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Proposed federal food restrictions could change the makeup of the snacks available in Kentucky schools. It’s part of an ongoing effort to improve the eating habits of young people.

The new federal regulations are scheduled to go into effect about this time next year.  The child nutrition program manager with the Kentucky Department of Education says they won’t result in monumental changes.  But Sue Bartenfield adds some of the federal measures are more restrictive than current Kentucky law.

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Education
12:57 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Gateway Academy Marks 500 Graduates

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Gateway Academy in Graves County recently celebrated the milestone of its 500th student to graduate. Established in 2002, Gateway is one of the region’s alternative high schools, along with Star Academy in Marshall County and Beacon Central High in Daviess County.

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