JCPS Board Hears Results of Curriculum Management Audit Monday Night

An educational auditing firm will present the Jefferson County Board of Education with its curriculum management audit at Monday night’s board meeting. Phi Delta Kappa International was in Jefferson County last October. The audit team met with the JCPS community and has since been preparing its report, which reviews hundreds of district programs and interventions […]

Kentucky Improves in Education Performance, Lacks in “Chance for Success”

Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Department of Education are celebrating a new report that ranks Kentucky 14th in education performance, but the chance for success for Kentucky students is still under par. Education Week uses six indicators to rate a state’s education performance including: Chance for Success, K-12 Achievement, Standards/Assessments and Accountability, Transitions and Alignment,Teaching […]

JCPS Board Approves “Transformation” Model For Turn-Around Schools

The Jefferson County Board of Education says they’ll support teachers and staff of four persistently low achieving (PLA) schools that have chosen a new turn around model. The board approved use of the “transformation” model, which offers incentives to school staff for meeting certain growth goals. Olmsted Academy North, Westport, Stuart, and Myers middle schools […]

With a Few Changes, Bill to Allow Ads on School Buses Gets Second Chance

With education a prime target for budget cuts, Kentucky state lawmakers are looking for new ways to fund schools State Representatives Brad Montell, a Shelbyville Republican and Terry Mills, a Lebanon Democrat, have teamed up on a bill that would allow advertising on school buses. The bill was first introduced last session, but didn’t make it […]

Bill Tying Teacher Evaluations to Student Performance Passes House Committee Again

House Education Chairman Carl Rollins, D-Midway, is once again trying to reform how Kentucky’s teachers are evaluated. The latest incarnation of Rollins’ idea is House Bill 40, which the committee passed Tuesday morning. The legislation would create a statewide teacher evaluation system run by the state Department of Education starting in the 2013 school year. Currently, […]

New Social Media Program Launches in Jefferson County Middle School

As more digital platforms are introduced into schools, programs educating students how to use them are becoming more pertinent. Newburg Middle School has launched a new program to teach students how to be better online citizens. Seventh-grader Demetrius Harrison (pictured) clicked through the program called My Digital Life. “They have different games to teach you […]

JCPS Board Expects Student Assignment Vote Monday

The Jefferson County Board of Education is expected to vote on changes to its student assignment plan Monday night. If the changes are approved, they will affect an estimated 2,000 kindergarten students next school year. The board postponed the vote last month, but JCPS staff said it must act in time for the elementary school […]

Education Groups Want Funding Increased

As Kentucky faces it’s most difficult budget yet, a new education coalition is calling for even more early education funding The Kentucky Education Action Team is made up of well-know education associations, including the Kentucky Education Association and groups representing administratiors, teachers, parents and school boards and councils. In a news conference in the Capitol […]

Certain Education Assessment Changes Still Pending Approval

Major changes to Kentucky’s education standards that were implemented last year will be tested this spring and certain regulations that are still awaiting approval from the legislature could play a role in testing some children with learning disadvantages. Last year the Kentucky Department of Education approved several regulations that would align the commonwealth with most other […]

Appeals Court Rejects Lifting Scholarship Cap for Student Athletes

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals says the 25 percent cap on private high school tuition that can be covered by merit-based scholarships will remain in place. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association sets regulations that all member high schools must comply with.  When this regulation was set in 2007, the cap was meant to prevent […]