More than 80 education leaders from across Kentucky are expected to attend a statewide summit next week to learn more about "best practices" in scheduling classroom space. The issue has become increasingly important as energy costs have risen and budgets have grown tighter. The summit will be held in Versailles, at KCTCS offices. Dr. Tony Honeycutt, the Provost of Somerset Community College, spoke with WKU Public Radio about the story.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is issuing a consumer alert about fake GED tests. The notice relates to fraudulent websites claiming to offer high school and GED diplomas for a fee through the internet.
When the current Kentucky legislative session ends this week, many issues will be left on the table for the future including the issue of charter schools. Kentucky is among just nine states without charters and the push to change that has been polarizing in Frankfort.
Tennessee is seeing an increased number of proposals for charter schools. The rise in applications is largely due to a recent change in state law that no longer limits charters to low-income students from failing classrooms. The Tennessean reports that in Nashville alone eleven groups have applied to create new charter school operations.
An idea that developed from a panel discussion at an educational conference has resulted in a "services fair" for the refugee and immigrant populations in the region. Organizers of the event say they plan to make it an annual event, providing health services and information to people from a wide range of cultures. Dan Modlin spoke with Skip Cleavinger, the Director of English Learner Programs for Warren County Schools.
An effort by Governor Steve Beshear to expand preschool services in the commonwealth did not make it into the final state budget.
Beshear put a $15 million appropriation for preschool in his budget proposal. The House cut that figure in half and funded other education programs with what was left. The Senate struck all the money, saying it wouldn't be right to expand some programs while slashing others.
And after days of budget talks, the Senate won the argument.
Dr. Ramon Zabriskie of the School of Management at Brigham Young University will be on the WKU campus on April 3rd to present this year's Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program Lecture. Dr. Zabriskie has done extensive research on the impact recreation can have on groups ranging from families to prison populations.
A former Vice-President for University Advancement at WKU will head development efforts at the University of Missouri. Tom Hiles, who established several fund-raising records at WKU between 1998 and 2010, has been named the Vice-Chancellor for Development at the Columbia, Missouri based institution.
A statewide meeting that will focus on ways to increase college completion rates will draw educators and administrators from across Kentucky next week. Higher education faculty and staff from public and private institutions will meet in Louisville to explore ways to close achievement gaps.
An attempt to piggyback charter school legislation on another bill has likely killed two plans for education reform in Kentucky. The state Senate Education committee Thursday added language legalizing charter schools to a charter alternative plan sponsored by Representative Carl Rollins, who chairs the House Education Committee. Charter supporters hoped Rollins would allow the amendment in order to see his alternative become law, but it's unlikely the plan will work.