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

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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.

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

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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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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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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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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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The Kentucky Department of Education says many midnight meetings planned at area school districts are unnecessary, and not placing them at the front of the line for a $10,000 grant.

The incentive for schools to raise their dropout age to 18 becomes law on June 25 and the first 96 schools to approve the measure receive the money. This has led to districts scheduling early morning meetings, but the Kentucky Department of Education’s Nancy

Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing.

Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

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The Kentucky Department of Education is planning to release data next month on the state’s alternative schools for the first time as they look to improve transparency and accountability for the population the schools serve.

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