Education

Kentucky's public high school seniors scored higher on the ACT college entrance exam than a year ago, but their performance remained below the national average, education officials said Wednesday. The average composite ACT score rose to 19.5 for Kentucky's public high school Class of 2012, up from 19.2 in 2011, according to data released by the state Department of Education.

A fifteen passenger van has been donated to the Kelly Autism Program, which is part of the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU.  Officals at the University say the vehicle was donated by Chevrolet and the GM Corvette Plant. Director Marty Boman says the vehicle has already been put to use for several special activities and field trips which give participants in the program a chance to experience new activities.

Kevin Willis

WKU's freshmen are learning what it's like to get up for an 8 a.m. class. The M.A.S.T.E.R Plan orientation program for first-year students is underway Monday at the campus in Bowling Green. Students will attend sessions dealing with issues like time management, study skills, and getting along with people who look and think differently that you.

About 140 new international students are expected to arrive at WKU by August 21st. University officials say a number of activities have been planned to help those students undergo an effective orientation plan, to help them adjust to campus life in the U.S.

Sumner County, Tennessee students will start classes Thursday, following a nearly two week delay over school funding issues. The issue was resolved at last night’s meeting of the Sumner County Board of Education.

During a Wednesday morning meeting with faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University, President Doug Whitlock announced his retirement.  Whitlock, who has spent his entire higher education career at EKU, says his administration will end at the conclusion of this academic year.

Kentucky Chamber Foundation

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the State Department of Education, is promoting dialogue about the future of education in the Commonwealth. The business organization says the goal of creating a more highly-skilled workforce will depend upon the success of new education initiatives in the state.

Owensboro Community and Technical College is filling a need in the field of veterinary medicine. The school on Tuesday announced a $475,000 grant to establish a two-year veterinary technician program.  

Kevin Willis

Margaret Munday is a woman who is both a pioneer, and an eyewitness to an amazing time in Kentucky history. Ms. Munday helped change the course of higher education in south-central Kentucky, and Western Kentucky University in particular. In 1956, she became the first African-American undergraduate student to enroll in what was then called Western Kentucky State College.

Kentucky's teachers are being pushed to find more resources online as more and more textbooks become outdated and are not being replaced. The problem comes from an unforgiving state budget that has not allowed for full funding of textbooks in several years.

Warren County's newest school is named in honor of career educator and  long-serving state representative former Speaker of the House Jody Richards. The $12 million school on Elrod Road in south Warren County features state of the art energy efficient systems and a healthy cafeteria kitchen with no deep fried food.

Former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Randall Shepard will lead a task force looking into the state of legal education across America. The panel was appointed by the American Bar Association.  Shepard says it will examine the way schools prepare their students to practice law, and the economic state of the profession.

Kentucky public school students in grades 10 to 12 who have ideas about how schools and student achievement can be improved that they would like to pass along to Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday can apply for appointment to an advisory board.

There is no indication when public school classes will begin in Sumner County, Tennessee, despite an additional $2.2 million appropriation by the County Commission. Commissioners approved the funding Monday, but schools officials had said they needed $7.6 million additional dollars to operate the school system.

Students in a northern Tennessee county are in limbo as the local school board continues to debate a budget impasse. The Tennessean reports the school board voted 10-1 last week to delay the beginning of school in order to deal with a nearly $8 million budget hole.

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