Kentucky, Indiana Granted Waiver From No Child Left Behind

Kentucky and Indiana have been granted a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind standards. NCLB has been criticized the past few years as having unreachable goals for education. Kentucky and Indiana were among the 11 states that applied for the waiver last fall and 28 more states have announced they plan to seek […]

Kentucky Awarded “Race to the Top” Funds

From the Associated Press Kentucky education officials say they are excited about being awarded $17 million in federal “Race to the Top” funding to improve K-12 programs. Although the award was less than requested, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the funding will be used to implement initiatives including new assessments for public schools, more rigorous […]

Education Commissioner Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has appointed Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Commissioner Terry Holliday to the National Assessment Governing Board. “The governing board my make decisions about which types of test NAEP will provide. NAEP tests things like reading and math and science and writing,” said Lisa Gross, Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman. […]

Kentucky Graduation Rates May Drop With New Standards

Kentucky has released graduation rates for the 2009-2010 school year. The rates are based off a new formula under No Child Left Behind and appear to have dipped, though that’s not an entirely accurate assessment. “You shouldn’t go back and compare the rates that we’ve reported in the past with these new rates. The reason […]

School Lunches

How did our children end up eating nachos, pizza, and tater tots for lunch? That’s the question author Janet Poppendieck poses in her book “Free for All: Fixing School Food in America.” In it she explores what goes into the making of school lunches – not just ingredients, but policy decisions, nutrition requirements, and of course, budgetary restrictions. We’ll talk about it all on Wednesday with Poppendieck, along with Dr. Adewale Troutman and a member of the Health & Nutrition Division of the KY Department of Education. Join us with your questions and thoughts.   Listen to the Show

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Porter Appointed To JCPS Board Seat

By Rick Howlett Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has appointed Diane Porter to fill a vacancy on the Jefferson County Board of Education, according to the Courier-Journal. The 61 year old Porter was a longtime principal, teacher and administrator for JCPS, and retired in October. She was one of four candidates interviewed for the seat […]