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Attorney Challenges Language Regulating Merit-Based Pay in High School Sports

A Louisville attorney is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether language in the Kentucky High School Athletics Association’s bylaws violates the First Amendment.

Currently, no schools can offer student athletes more than 25 percent of tuition in merit-based scholarships. The rule called Title 13 is meant to prevent schools from paying students to play sports. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the bylaw saying the cap prevents schools from improperly recruiting athletes.

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Why Do Students Drop Out?

In 2009, about 6,500 students dropped out of schools in Kentucky alone. Statistics show that in their lifetime, dropouts earn about $200,000 less than high school graduates and more than $800,000 less than college graduates. Despite these startling facts, kids continue to forgo their high school diplomas. Why is this? Are they unmotivated, is the education system inadequate, or are there other external factors? Join us on Wednesday as we take a look at why so many kids are leaving school, what they and their families go through, and what’s being done to increase the graduation rate.

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Education Leaders Get Ideas from Dropout Solution Summit

Louisville education and civic leaders are trying to better understand why students are dropping out of high school. They attended a summit today to tackle the problem and devise a solution for Jefferson County.

JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman says many of the ideas stemmed from one theme.

“One of the major concerns around dropouts is the sense of connection students feel with their school, their sense of the relationships they have with adults and peers in the school,” says Berman, “and to an extent, some of the recommendations focused on that.”

Berman says his staff is currently compiling recommendations from the summit. They’ll meet with the mayor’s office in the coming weeks to firm up a plan to put into action throughout the school district.

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Summit Seeks Solutions to High School Dropout Rate

Officials say one in four Jefferson County public high school students will drop out of high school. The mayor’s office is joining with JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman to host a summit tomorrow to find ways to improve the district’s graduation rate.

The national education organization America’s Promise will be part of the day-long conference. President and CEO Marguerite Kondracke says many students drop out because they don’t have access to services they need, such as tutoring.

“Too many of these young people who are at risk don’t have the basic supports in their lives that many of us take for granted,” says Kondracke. “So we suggest communities come together and bring those support services to the school itself.”

Kondracke says despite the local numbers, Louisville has a better graduation rate than most large cities. The average graduation rate in the country’s largest fifty cities is 50-percent. Twenty years ago, that number was 80-percent.