Kentucky’s Gatton Academy Named Nation’s Top Public High School, But Can It Be Replicated?

Newsweek Magazine has again compiled a list of the best high schools in the country, and a Kentucky school is on top. To call the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science a high school, you’d have to suspend an element of reality. You’ll find no football games, pep rallies, or dismissal bells on the Kentucky […]

Southern Indiana School Districts Struggle to Balance Budgets

Southern Indiana school districts are trying to figure out how to balance their budgets before the end of the year. Some districts are outsourcing, while others are consolidating. The Greater Clark County Schools district is considering closing Maple Elementary School in Jeffersonville. A public hearing on closing the school will be scheduled early next month. […]

Greater Clark County Schools Still Has Work To Do

Greater Clark County School students began classes this week with its No Child Left Behind goals met and all elementary schools making adequate yearly progress. But the district still has a lot of work to do, said Superintendent Stephen Daeschner. Last year’s ACT results were released this week. Unlike Kentucky, Indiana does not require all […]

New JCPS Superintendent Outlines 90-Day Plan

Jefferson County Public School Superintendent Donna Hargens announced a 90-day plan at her first school board meeting on Monday. The plan outlines her strategic priorities and includes performance checks and both short and long-term goals. The plan helps regulate the district’s progress as it attempts to improve student performance and communication with the community, said […]

Candidates for JCPS Superintendent Visit Louisville This Week

The two finalists vying for the superintendent’s job at Jefferson County Public Schools will make separate visits to Louisville this week. Dr. Christine Johns-Haines will meet the public tomorrow evening at 6:00 at Male High School. She’s superintendent of Utica Community Schools in Michigan. Dr. Donna Hargens, chief academic officer of Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina, will […]

Survey Finds Teachers Don’t Have Enough Time to Work With Students

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Most Kentucky teachers and principals feel safe in their schools, but many don’t have sufficient time to work with students. Those are two of the major findings from a statewide survey administered in March. Just over 42,000 Kentucky public school teachers and principals responded to the TELL—which stands for […]

Improved Revenue Projections Mean More Money for Indiana Schools

In light of improved revenue forecast, more money will go to public schools in Indiana. Governor Mitch Daniels said this morning that tax receipts will likely be slightly higher than anticipated over the next two years, and that means $150 million dollars will go toward schools. About a quarter of the money will be used […]

Teach for America Coming to Appalachia

Three eastern Kentucky school districts have agreed to hire Teach for America instructors next fall. This will be the organization’s first operation in Kentucky and in Appalachia. Teach for America places young teachers in impoverished and struggling schools, and about three fourths of the organization’s operations are in cities, the nearest being Nashville and Indianapolis. […]

Kentucky Youth Advocates Study Shows Variations in School Health Systems

KYA President Terry Brooks is urging Governor Steve Beshear and the General Assembly to make it easier for Medicaid providers to administer care to students in schools. Brooks says that’s the best way to make sure students are cared for. A spokesperson for the governor’s office says they are reviewing the report.