Declaring it a successful effort, officials at WKU have announced that the "A New Century of Spirit" campaign raised more than $202 million. The announcement came at the President's Circle Gala and Campaign Celebration. Kathryn Costello, WKU Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, says a total of $202,305,534 was raised to support students, faculty, programs, and capital projects.
Some Kentucky school superintendents are expressing concerns about a proposed state regulation on the use of student restraint. Pendleton County Schools Superintendent Anthony Strong told The Kentucky Enquirer that the proposal is too vague. He says there needs to be a better explanation of expectations.
Friday night's gala on the WKU campus will include a celebration of the fund-raising campaign known as "A New Century of Spirit." During gala activities, the final figures for the campaign will be announced. University officials have been very pleased with progress on the campaign, particularly in light of unfavorable economic conditions that have been in effect for much of the five year project.
Hardin County Schools will use a $1 million grant from the Defense Department to bolster dropout prevention efforts. The grant announced Thursday in Elizabethtown will pay for counseling programs for at-risk students, extended school services, and random drug testing at the district’s alternative school for troubled students.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that students have no legal right to attend any particular school in a decision that delivers a setback for the push for neighborhood schools in the state. The high court's ruling upholds the plan currently in use by Louisville's school district about how students are assigned to schools across the county.
The state Department of Education is withholding $3.4 million in funding from the public school system in Nashville over a rejected charter school. The Metro Nashville school board last week defied an order by the state Board of Education to approve the application from Phoenix-based Great Hearts Academies.
The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority will start eight children on the road to college savings by opening accounts for them with initial $1,000 deposits. The children are the winners of a summer reading program sponsored by the KHEAA and the state Department for Library and Archives.
Some state lawmakers are blasting a proposed change to how Kentucky students with disabilities are tested under the statewide assessment and accountability system. The Kentucky Board of Education has proposed limiting the assistance given to disabled students when they take the new exams later this academic year.