Neighborhood Schools Bill Introduced Again in Kentucky Senate

For the third year, a neighborhood schools bill has been introduced in the Kentucky state Senate. Republican Sen. Dan Seum of Louisville introduced Senate Bill 9 Monday, the final day bills were allowed to be submitted to the legislature. Two other measures have previously won Senate approval but failed in the House. Seum said there’s […]

Composer Writes Original Piece for JCPS Music Students

Jefferson County Public Schools students will perform an original piece of music from a renowned composer this week. Music director at the JCPS Youth Performing Art’s School (YPAS) Todd Parker said he reached out to composer David Maslanka last year following a rehearsal of another of his compositions from YPAS students. Maslanka agreed to compose […]

New Chief of Communications, Diversity Rescinds Offer by JCPS

Jefferson County Public Schools’s recently hired Chief of Diversity, Community Relations and Communications has rescinded her acceptance by Superintendent Donna Hargens. In a letter sent to Hargens, Jamilah Fraser does not give reason for her not accepting the position but says “I wish the best for this community.” In a statement from JCPS, Hargens said: “I […]

Kentucky Colleges, Universities Sign Consortium Agreement

Reporting by Kentucky Public Radio’s Charles Compton. A dozen universities and colleges in central and eastern Kentucky have strengthened their partnership this week, which may help students frustrated by a lack of options. The 12 colleges and universities that have signed the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium are trying to ease the administrative headaches that come […]

Hargens’s Central Staff Hires Include Former JCPS Principal

The five new chiefs of the Jefferson County Public Schools central administration will soon begin rebuilding the office. The team includes a former JCPS principal and current No Child Left Behind expert who was named the district’s new Chief Academic Officer. Superintendent Donna Hargens announced the new hires for four positions this week. The district’s […]

Beshear’s Early Childhood Initiatives May Encourage More Partnerships

Education professionals in Louisville say if Gov. Steve Beshear’s early childhood education initiatives are approved, it may drive more collaboration between public and private child care providers. Beshear has allocated $15 million in his budget to offer early childhood learning to thousands more children who are slightly above the poverty line, but that money can […]

Louisville’s Independent St. Francis Schools Merge

Two of Louisville’s independent school systems will merge this summer and school officials say the change will save money and possibly increase enrollment. St. Francis High School and St. Francis School serve students from preschool through graduation. Alexandra Thurston is currently head of the high school and has been named head of the new merged […]

Louisville Hosts College Athlete Compensation Discussion

The President of the National College Players Association Ramogi Huma is using a visit to Louisville to encourage colleges to pay student athletes. College athletics programs bring in millions of dollars and players’ names and images are sometimes used to sell jerseys and other merchandise. That has some people questioning if a portion of that revenue […]