4:20 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Kentucky Finishes High in Education Week Rankings

Education Week magazine has ranked Kentucky in the top ten in its annual assessment of school policy and standards.

The commonwealth got two perfect scores in subcategories of the six indicators measured. One was for school accountability and another for Economy and Workforce. Overall, the commonwealth received a grade of B-minus.

Tennessee and Indiana both received grades of C+.

And while the state has tried to avoid cutting education, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says federal education cuts could be coming.

"We think we've solved the fiscal cliff two weeks ago. We did not," says Holiday. "It is still a reality and we encourage our congressional delegation to solve this fiscal cliff issue called 'sequestration' for domestic cuts.”

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6:26 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Hundreds of KY Teachers Earn Top Certification

More than 260 Kentucky teachers were awarded national certification in 2012, ranking the state seventh nationally for the number of teachers earning that achievement.

National Board Certification is administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as is considered a top achievement in the profession.

The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board says in a news release that the top ten states with the highest number of teachers certified in 2012 were North Carolina, Washington, Illinois, California, Arkansas, South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland and New York.

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8:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Kentucky Panel Looking at Teacher Recruitment, Preparation

A team of experts examining ways to improve teacher quality in Kentucky is using its second meeting to discuss recruitment and preparation. The Prichard Committee Team on Teacher Effectiveness meets Tuesday in Frankfort.

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4:27 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Kentucky Schools to Take Another Shot at Federal Education Grants

Twenty-nine Kentucky school districts plan to apply for a new round of Race to the Top grants. The U.S. Department of Education will dole out $400 million to districts this December. The DOE wants recipients to use the money to personalize student learning.

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3:30 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Legislators Considering Efforts to Advance Digital Education in Kentucky

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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2:32 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Tennessee Elementary Students Post Gains in New Statewide Testing Scores

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.

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Game of Chess
6:58 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Fourth Annual WKU Open Chess Tournament Set for This Weekend

WKU Chess Club

A Chess Grandmaster from Russia will deliver a lecture on "The Correlations between the Thinking Processes of Chess and Science" as part of this year's WKU Open Chess Tournament. Valdimir Malakhov will speak Friday April 20th, at 6pm in Gary Ransdell Hall.

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Kentucky's Next Budget
1:18 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

New Money for Kentucky Preschool Cut From Current Budget Plan

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.

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Issues Regarding Teacher Retention to be Discussed
5:20 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Regional Meetings to be Held to Discuss Teacher Quality

Stu Silberman
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Citizens in ten communities across Kentucky will be participating Tuesday evening  in discussion groups and viewing a ninety minute movie titled, "American Teacher." The activity is sponsored by a number of advocacy groups, including the Kentucky Association for School Superintendents, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky School Boards Association, and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Organizers say they hope to spur discussion about the importance of placing and retaining excellent teachers in the classroom.

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

KCTCS Holding "Super Sunday"Events Across Kentucky


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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