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Judge Hears Arguments In Indiana School Voucher Suit

by Rick Howlett on December 19, 2011

A judge is expected to rule within 30 days whether Indiana’s new school voucher program violates the state constitution.

The program allows income-eligible parents of public school students to use taxpayer funds to send their children to private schools.

Marion County Superior Court Judge Michael Keele heard arguments today in a suit backed by the Indiana State Teachers Association. It claims that the law violates the state constitutional by allowing public funds to be sent to religious institutions. [click to continue…]

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JCPS Annual School Showcase Begins This Week

by Devin Katayama October 17, 2011

Jefferson County Public Schools’ annual school showcase for middle and high schools kicks off this week. The showcase allows parents and students entering new schools to get more information about what the district offers. Each school sets up information booths and parents can meet school staff and ask about curriculum. “Parents we always have one […]

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JCPS Behind on College and Career Ready Goals

by Devin Katayama September 28, 2011

Jefferson County Public Schools has not met college and career readiness goals, joining 40 percent of school districts around Kentucky; but communication between students and the state has improved and now has a single focus. This year’s new accountability system will focus on whether students are ready for life after high school. For some that […]

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Pro-Voucher Parents Want To Intervene In Suit

by Rick Howlett July 21, 2011

Two parents of Indianapolis school children want to voice their opposition– in court–to a lawsuit challenging Indiana’s new school voucher program. The Indiana General Assembly approved the program, now the country’s largest, earlier this year. It allows parents who meet income guidelines to use public funds for private school tuition if they’re not satisfied with […]

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Senate President Wants to Abolish Jefferson County School Board

by Devin Katayama July 13, 2011

Senate President and Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams has suggested abolishing the Jefferson County School Board. Williams made his comments Tuesday to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The school board is not diverse enough for the size of Jefferson County, said Williams. The influence of teacher’s unions, poor policy and poor test results within the […]

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Teachers Union Challenges Indiana School Voucher Law

by Rick Howlett July 1, 2011

A lawsuit has been filed that seeks to block Indiana’s new school voucher law. The Indiana State Teachers Association says the lawsuit was filed in Marion County on Friday, the day the new law took effect. Union spokesman Mark Shoup says the more than 10 plaintiffs include teachers, school administrators, clergy and taxpayers. The suit […]

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First Superintendent Candidate Answers Public Questions, Some Disappointed in Event

by Dalton Main June 7, 2011

The first superintendent candidate for Jefferson County Public Schools answered questions from the public tonight at Male High School. Dr. Christine Johns-Haines is currently superintendent of Utica Community Schools in Michigan but says she is excited about the resources available in Louisville.  The questions ranged from bullying and busing to student assignment plans and discipline issues, […]

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Indiana Senate Passes School Voucher Bill

by Rick Howlett April 21, 2011

The Indiana Senate has approved a plan to create a statewide school voucher program. The Republican-led chamber voted 28-22 today to advance the bill, which is the most contentious part of GOP Governor Mitch Daniels’ extensive education agenda.

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Inidana School Districts Faced with More Cuts

by ekramer December 30, 2009

School districts throughout Indiana are now looking harder at making cuts after Governor Mitch Daniels stepped up the timetable for reducing the education budget by 3.5 percent. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Indiana districts expected to have 18 months to cut their budgets. But the Governor now says districts will have to absorb a $300 […]

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House Bill on Education Concerns Arts Advocates

by ekramer March 2, 2009

The Kentucky House of Representatives will consider a bill this week to revamp the state’s student testing system. Some say it could weaken arts and humanities instruction. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. House Bill 508 is a response to Senate Bill 1. Both would overhaul testing in public schools to improve school, student and teacher […]

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