Education

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.

Kentucky lawmakers are trying to figure out how the state can improve digital learning across all classrooms in the commonwealth. The General Assembly has formed a task force to review possible legislative changes that encourage using technology in schools.

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The Associated Press reports that seventeen states, including Tennessee, have established sales tax holidays for back to school purchases. The states provide temporary tax breaks on back to school items such as clothes, notebook paper, pencils, and ---in some states---computers.

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.

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