Education

Education
8:13 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Future Uncertain for Bill Raising Kentucky's Dropout Age

A bill to raise Kentucky’s high school dropout age is making progress in Frankfort, but the state House and Senate may not be able to come to an agreement on the issue. The House passed it’s version of the dropout bill Thursday. It would remove loopholes that allow parents to let their children drop out of school before age 18.

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Education
2:09 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers to Consider Plan to Boost Number of Kids in Public Preschool

Governor Steve Beshear is urging state lawmakers to approve a budget proposal that would raise the income eligibility level for public preschool to 160 percent of the federal poverty rate.

Preschool in Kentucky is currently offered to 4-year-olds whose family income is 150 percent of the federal poverty level or less. Children with developmental delays or disabilities are also eligible. Beshear says more kids need to get an early start in school.

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New Speakers Series at WKU
7:35 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Gift Will Establish Speakers Series at Gatton Academy

 A twenty thousand dollar gift from AT&T will help to launch a speakers program at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.   Gatton Director Tim Gott says the program will benefit students and members of the general public, because the speeches will be held in locations that will allow members of the public and campus community to attend.

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AT&T Announces Gift for Speaker Program
3:39 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

AT&T Gift to Establish Endowed Speaker Series

Florence Schneider Hall on the WKU Campus,the home of the Gatton Academy
WKU NPR

 AT&T is announcing a gift to help launch a speaker series at Western Kentucky University. The series will be an endowed program, created to connect students at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science with educators, policy makers, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs.  The program will be called the "AT&T Innovation and Leadership Speaker Series."

Charter Schools in Kentucky
1:14 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Charter School Supporters, Opponents Speak Out at Committee Hearing

After several years, a bill allowing charter schools in Kentucky has received a hearing in a House committee. Advocates for and against the measure spent Tuesday debating the merits of the education reform in the capitol. Charter school administrators from other states joined Rep. Brad Montell, the bill’s sponsor, and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president Dave Adkission in support of the bill.

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Super Sunday Events
3:15 am
Sun February 12, 2012

KCTCS Holding "Super Sunday"Events Across Kentucky

KCTCS

African-American churches across Kentucky are participating in "Super Sunday" events, designed to help increase the college-going rates of minority students. Each of the sixteen colleges in the KCTCS system is partnering with churches in their communities to host college information fairs today for prospective college students and their families.

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No Child Left Behind
3:06 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Kentucky Superintendent Believes New State Reform Effort Much More Fair than NCLB

The Superintendent of Hardin County Schools says the No Child Left Behind waiver given to Kentucky will allow the state to better judge how students are progressing academically. Nannette Johnston told WKU Public Radio that the federal law was an overly simplistic “pass or fail” model. She believes the state’s new system will give schools credit for the success they have in helping individual students.

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Education
8:18 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Kentucky Senate Approves Anti-Dropout Measure

A proposal to raise Kentucky’s dropout age to 18 years old has passed a major hurdle. The state Senate has approved a bill that allows individual school districts to decide whether to raise the dropout age and requires participating schools to have alternative education programs.

The bill passed overwhelming, 35-2 Wednesday, with two Democratic senators voting against because of the local option. Republican Senator Julie Denton also didn’t like the local option, but she voted in favor of the measure.

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Education
5:26 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee to Get No Child Left Behind Waiver

Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee have been granted a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind education standards. NCLB has been criticized for setting unreachable goals for education. Kentucky was one of 11 states that applied for the waiver last fall and promised to make other commitments to school reform.

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Education
8:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Charter School Issue to be Taken Up This Week by Kentucky Lawmakers

A bill allowing charter schools in Kentucky will get a hearing in the House Education Committee. Chairman Carl Rollins has set Tuesday as the hearing date, but that could change if the deadline for candidates to file to run for General Assembly seats is pushed back again. Rollins still doesn’t support charter schools, but thinks it's time for the bill to be discussed.

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