Education

Only about 20% of public school superintendents in Kentucky are women, and there’s currently only one minority in that role. Applications are being accepted through August 13th for the Kentucky Department of Education's Minority Superintendent Intern Program.

The Sandusky scandal at Penn State is prompting many universities to double check their policies to make sure that wrongdoing in an athletic program is handled appropriately. WKU President Gary Ransdell told the University's Board of Regents today that University attorney Deborah Wilkins is checking on current procedures at WKU.

Attorneys for a defunct for-profit college plan to pursue about $32 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Education. The move comes after a Bankruptcy Judge ruled that the government cut off money from the institution, based on misstatements.

A federal judge has ruled that the Kentucky Attorney General’s lawsuit against Daymar College can move forward in Daviess Circuit Court. The for-profit college system is headquartered in Owensboro and has several campuses in Kentucky and one in Rockport, Indiana.

Gov. Steve Beshear has reappointed David Karem as chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education. Karem is a former longtime state senator from Louisville.

New statewide testing data show Tennessee elementary and middle school students making gains in the subjects of math and science. The results come from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is taking his fight against for-profit colleges to Washington D.C. Conway has scheduled a news conference Wednesdy with various members of the Obama Administration and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tom Harkin to reveal more about his investigations into the colleges.

The Tennessee Department of Education is releasing data Tuesday afternoon that will show the state’s progress in education reform. The Tennessean reports education leaders will reveal the results of the 2011-12 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. That’s the state’s standardized testing program given to those in third grade and up.

The panel that regulates tuition rates for Kentucky's state colleges and universities has finalized tuition hikes for the 2012-2013 school year that go as high as 6%.

The WKU Board of Regents met in special session Friday morning to sign off on the university's $389 million budget for the new fiscal year. The budget includes a 4.8% increase in tuition and fees, which amounts to nearly $200 more per semester.

Trustees at the University of Kentucky have voted in favor of a $2.6 billion budget for the coming year. The plan offers no pay raises for UK employees, but President Eli Capilouto says he hopes to set aside funds for  5% merit pay raises for staff and faculty in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s board has approved a tuition increase and raises for full-time staff for next year.  The state’s Council on Post-Secondary Education still needs to grant final approval this Thursday, but the KCTCS is within the council’s 4% tuition cap. 

The GED test is changing nationwide and officials says those who haven't completed the test should go ahead and do so.  A new, more difficult and more expensive test will be in place starting January 2014. 

A number of issues relating to diversity in higher education are on the agenda for a Council on Postsecondary Education Committee on Equal Opportunities meeting, which will be held Monday at the Research Farm of Kentucky State University.

The Kentucky Department of Education and the Council on Postsendary Education are co-sponsoring a Conference promoting successful transitions to college for students of diverse backgrounds. About 120 academically proficient students and parents  are attending sessions on the WKU campus.

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