Four Interview for Board of Education Seat

by Stephanie Crosby Four people interviewed this afternoon for a vacant seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education. The District One seat was left open after the sudden retirement of long-time member Ann Elmore. The Department of Education must choose a successor to Elmore until a special election is held for the seat. Spokesperson […]

Kentucky Graduation, Dropout Rates Decrease in 2009

by Stephanie Crosby Data compiled by the Kentucky Department of Education shows that the state’s high school students are graduating at a lower rate, but are also dropping out of school at a lower rate. The non-academic data was released in a report today. Spokesperson Lisa Gross says dropout rates in Kentucky have declined by […]

JCPS Board Approves School Improvement Plan

By Rick Howlett The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved a plan aimed at improving six low-performing schools that were the target of a state leadership assessment. After the intervention at Frost and Western Middle Middle Schools and Fern Creek, Shawnee, Valley and Western High Schools, state education officials gave JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman […]

Six JCPS Schools To See Changes

By Rick Howlett The Kentucky Department of Education has released its leadership assessments and recommendations for six low-performing public schools in Jefferson County. The department has been conducting interventions at Frost and Western Middle Schools and Fern Creek, Shawnee, Western and Valley High Schools. The recommendations include the restaffing of some teachers, replacing principals at […]

Elmore Resigns, Holliday to Name Replacement

by Stephanie Crosby Longtime Jefferson County School Board member Ann Elmore resigned her position last night, citing personal reasons. She’d been a member of the board for 16 years, and retired immediately, instead of in December as she’d planned. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday now will appoint a replacement. Spokesperson Lisa Gross says they’ll move […]

Antivirus Glitch Causing Computer Problems

A glitch involving a popular computer anti-virus program is causing some problems across the country. Many Kentucky public school districts are among those affected by the McAfee program glitch, which identifies a harmless Windows program as a virus and forces computers to shut down. “A lot of school districts use McAfee. It’s a very popular […]

Kentucky-In; Indiana-Out for Race to the Top Funds

Kentucky was on the list of 16 finalists the U.S. Department of Education announced today in the running for more than $4 billion in Race to the Top funds. But Indiana is out. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the announcement Thursday and said the department would interview representatives from […]

More Kentucky Education Budget Cuts Planned

In response to Governor Steve Beshear’s directive to reduce spending by six percent, the Kentucky Department of Education has announced it plans to cut its budget by about $20 million over the rest of the fiscal year. Department spokesperson Lisa Gross says the new round of cuts could be a burden on local school districts. […]

Fewer Kentucky Schools Meeting NCLB Goals

Sixty-percent of Kentucky schools are meeting federal student performance goals, but that’s a lower percentage than last year.    Under the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, 60-percent of Kentucky’s more than 1,100 schools made Adequate Yearly Progress in numerous goals, including math and reading.  But that’s down from almost 73-percent in 2008.  […]

Many Schools To Offer Alternatives To Obama Address

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is advising school superintendents to offer alternative activities for children whose parents don’t want them to watch a national address to students next week from President Obama. Holliday told school chiefs in an e-mail obtained by the Courier-Journal that some districts have received requests from parents for such activities.           Jefferson […]