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Groundbreaking held for JCTC's new $24 million advanced manufacturing center Video included

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The $24 million project is funded primarily by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's Work Ready Skills initiative -- the largest initiative in the country to ramp up career and technical education.

University of Louisville officials still undecided on lawsuit over foundation mismanagement

University of Louisville board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom, left, and interim president Greg Postel address the media on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. University of Louisville board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom, left, and interim president Greg Postel address the media on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.
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The University of Louisville board of trustees is still waffling on whether to sue former U of L President James Ramsey and his former aides six months following the release of a $2 million forensic investigation that detailed mismanagement and over-spending at the university’s nonprofit foundation.

University of Louisville trustees to include more people in confidential search for next president

Grawemeyer Hall at the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Hall at the University of Louisville
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The University of Louisville board of trustees will allow a small group of people on campus to meet the two or three finalists for the university’s next president, but only after signing confidentiality agreements.

Chairman of JCPS board says he will not seek another year as board chair Video included

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Chris Brady announced his decision at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

University of Louisville Foundation's tax exemption could be at risk, director testifies

Grawemeyer Hall, University of Louisville campus Grawemeyer Hall, University of Louisville campus
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The University of Louisville Foundation’s status as tax-exempt, charitable  could be at risk because of years of inaccurate disclosures to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service about the foundation’s compensation of former U of L President James Ramsey and other top officials.

Indiana approves new requirements for high school graduation Video included

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The measure passed Wednesday on a 7-4 vote after hours of testimony from educators who overwhelmingly opposed the changes.

Change in Kentucky school immunization policy impacts all K-12 students Video included

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The new shot requirements may send students and parents on a mad dash to the doctor's office. 

IU Southeast adding new dorm on campus Video included

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Officials plan to begin construction in the Spring.

JCPS discusses policy change to toughen background checks for all district employees Video included

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JCPS is preparing to toughen up its process for background checks, affecting all future and current teachers and workers district-wide.

University of Louisville taken off probation with accrediting agency Video included

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After a year in limbo, the University of Louisville is no longer at risk of losing its accreditation. The university’s accrediting agency, commonly called SACS, revoked U of L’s probationary status after a vote of the agency’s board at its annual meeting in Dallas on Tuesday. 

Interim JCPS superintendent Marty Pollio discusses school safety Video included

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After six months on the job, JCPS interim superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio sat down to answer some tough questions about school safety. 

Cornell researchers to study tree pollution reduction in Ky.

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They plan to observe the space between trees in mitigating pollution from the highway, finding the best species and assembling a model to determine which trees belong where.

Nine people apply for JCPS superintendent position

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Nine people have submitted applications to serve as the new JCPS superintendent.

100 JCPS second and third graders treated to dinner at the Galt House and tickets to the Kentucky Center Video included

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Normally, second and third graders at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School might be winding down at 7 p.m. on a school night. But not Thursday.

West Clark Community Schools' superintendent to resign Video included

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A district spokesperson confirmed the news on Wednesday afternoon.

JCPS student arrested for bringing loaded weapon to Stuart Middle School Video included

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The tip from fellow students that alerted security about the gun.

JCPS board debates effectiveness of school resource officers Video included

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Tuesday night's JCPS board meeting took place at Jeffersontown High School, where a fight that involved a school resource officer erupted earlier this month.

Change in school calendar means 2 more weeks of summer vacation for West Clark students Video included

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The West Clark Community Schools district is ending its use of the so-called "balanced calendar."

SUNDAY EDITION | U of L economist looks at factors driving more men into nursing Video included

Aaron Germann, a nurse in the emergency room at Baptist Health Louisville Aaron Germann, a nurse in the emergency room at Baptist Health Louisville
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Only about 13 percent of registered nurses in the United States were men in 2015, but the male share of the profession has risen steadily since 1960, according to research by a U of L economist.

Indiana schools facing possible per-student funding cut

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Republican state Senate leader David Long says legislators have every intention of fixing the problem during their session that starts in January.

Construction for safety improvements at Greater Clark County schools expected to start next month Video included

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Millions of dollars will be spent to make some southern Indiana schools safer, and district leaders with Greater Clark Community Schools said construction could start as soon as next month.

University of Louisville board chairman committed to 'closed' search for next president Video included

U of L trustees chairman David Grissom, right, and interim President Greg Postel. Nov. 20, 2017 U of L trustees chairman David Grissom, right, and interim President Greg Postel. Nov. 20, 2017
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The chairman of the University of Louisville board of trustees said the board is committed to conducting a “closed” search in which finalists for the next president of the university will not be made public -- over the objection of many faculty and staff members and students.

JCPS opens satellite office in West Louisville Video included

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The school district opened its west Louisville satellite office on Monday at 16th Street and West Saint Catherine Street in the California neighborhood. 

Helping children make friends at school Video included

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The 2017 Counselor of the Year offers advice to students struggling to make friends at school.

New Albany Floyd County Schools says new construction is on time and on budget Video included

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Construction is well underway for many of the New Albany Floyd County Schools projects. 

Parents notified of threat against staff and students at Waggener High School

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The warning the district has for students who even joke about harming others. 

Black lab to keep students company as Indiana high school's service dog Video included

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He can do about 50 different tasks around the classroom.

Hardin County Schools throws out plan for a new preschool-through-eighth-grade building Video included

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Hardin County Schools is no longer considering a plan to build a new preschool-through-eighth-grade building, merging two schools in the process.

Kentucky State University students, researchers bring shrimp from the blue sea to the bluegrass Video included

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Local students are bringing what usually happens in the deep blue sea to the bluegrass.

Judge rules Gov. Matt Bevin had power to overhaul state education boards

Attorney General Andy Beshear, left, and Gov. Matt Bevin Attorney General Andy Beshear, left, and Gov. Matt Bevin
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Gov. Matt Bevin’s move last summer to reorganize several state education boards, including the Kentucky Board of Education, was a proper use of his executive authority, a Frankfort judge ruled Wednesday.

Assumption High School builds sculptures from cans for Dare to Care Video included

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It's a way to share art and inspiration, along with food for those in need at a critical time of year.

JCPS names acting principal for Jeffersontown High School

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Matt Anderson takes over immediately, after an incident at the school that led to a police officer tasing a student. 

Dozens of duPont Manual students hold sit-in to call for principal's dismissal Video included

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The Black Student Union at duPont Manual High School staged a sit-in Tuesday to call for the dismissal of the school's principal.

WDRB investigation finds JCPS bus drivers speeding on interstates and side roads across Louisville Video included

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WDRB used a laser speed detector to clock buses on main roads, side roads and interstates. 

Funeral services held for PRP High School English teacher Video included

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Family and friends said goodbye on Monday to a beloved Pleasure Ridge Park High School teacher who died after giving birth to twins. 

Reprimand of duPont Manual principal cites 'unprofessional behavior and poor judgment' Video included

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The principal of duPont Manual High School received a reprimand for unprofessional behavior and poor judgment. 

Paoli teachers offered incentives to leave early in attempt to reduce payroll by nearly $1 million Video included

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With fewer teachers, class sizes would also increase. 

Silver Creek's wish to leave West Clark Schools won't be an easy process Video included

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In the wake of its failed $95 million school referendum, the West Clark Community School board unanimously approved a motion Thursday night for Silver Creek to secede from the district.

Kentucky Country Day School named best private high school in Kentucky Video included

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24/7 Wall St. LLC, a Delaware-based corporation, released its list of "Best Private High Schools in Every State" on Friday.

Political leaders visit JCPS school to see how immigrant students are being treated Video included

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They wanted to see how the children are being invited into American culture.

Former U of L Foundation CFO says he was "fall guy" in lawsuit challenging firing

Jason Tomlinson, the former chief financial officer of the University of Louisville Foundation, at a 2016 board meeting. Jason Tomlinson, the former chief financial officer of the University of Louisville Foundation, at a 2016 board meeting.
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The former chief financial officer of the University of Louisville Foundation has filed a lawsuit saying he did not deserve to be fired in July and was unfairly cast as the “fall guy” after the foundation became “embroiled in a political controversy” last year. 

U of L receives $6.7 million grant to become a center of superfund research

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As a superfund research center, U of L will study the impact hazard waste has on people's health.

West Clark Community Schools reassessing options after voters rejected $95 million referendum Video included

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Supporters of West Clark Community Schools' $95 million referendum are disappointed after 70 percent of voters rejected the plan at the polls Tuesday night.

JCPS school board members take part in training in wake of Head Start abuse allegations Video included

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JCPS school board members, parents and several Head Start educators gathered Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn for a nearly 8-hour training session.

Outbursts erupt in JCPS board meeting over effectiveness of school resource officers Video included

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Heated outbursts caused several people to be removed from Tuesday night's JCPS board meeting.

Voters in Clark County reject $95 million school referendum in special election Video included

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Voters in Clark County, Indiana, went to the polls Tuesday and refused a $95 million school referendum that would go to renovations at several West Clark Community Schools. 

Jeffersontown High School principal requests 'voluntary demotion' Video included

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Jeffersontown High School Principal Matt Kinglsey is stepping down in the wake of an incident at the school that led to a police officer tasing a student. 

JCPS Mobile Registration Bus to make 19 stops in 4 weeks

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The bus is equipped with laptops and internet access to help parents register their child. 

Voters in Clark County, Indiana, to vote on $95 million school referendum Video included

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The polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and close at 6 p.m.

Actress Jeri Ryan takes part in film shoot at JCTC's downtown campus

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Ryan is perhaps best known by sci-fi fans as the character "Seven of Nine" in the long-running series, "Star Trek: Voyager."

As experts debate, a JCPS elementary school adopts a new approach: no nightly homework Video included

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Duke University researcher Dr. Harris Cooper suggests teachers abide by the ten-minute rule, assigning homework of ten minutes per grade level.

VIDEO | JCPS interim superintendent calls for 2 separate reviews after student tased at Jeffersontown High School Video included

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Stating that he was "very concerned," Dr. Marty Pollio called for two separate reviews of an incident Wednesday in which a student was tased by a police officer at Jeffersontown High School.

VIDEO | 2 brothers arrested after fight at Jeffersontown High School ends with police officer tasing student Video included

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The Chief of Jeffersontown Police says his officers were quickly outnumbered, and one was "cold-cocked" in the head.

Indiana University researchers examining potential non-addictive alternative to opioids

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The entire project is being funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

JCPS leaders to meet with Head Start officials this week after report details abuse allegations Video included

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After abuse allegations in the JCPS Head Start program forced several teachers out of a job, the district devised a plan to prevent future problems. 

Bellarmine holds ceremony to honor university's fourth president Video included

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Dr. Susan Donovan started on July 1.

New director talks about challenges and opportunities of launching charter schools in Kentucky Video included

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Earl Simms said he wants to get charters started on the right foot.

Deal could prevent lawsuit between University of Louisville and its foundation

University of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David Grissom at a meeting Jan. 24, 2017. University of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David Grissom at a meeting Jan. 24, 2017.
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Nearly five months after a forensic investigation detailed up to $100 million in losses through mismanagement and over-spending at the University of Louisville Foundation, the university still hasn’t decided whether to sue former President James Ramsey or other former board members or employees of the foundation.

Clark County schools announce partnership empowering probation officers to process on-site arrests Video included

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The probation officers will use school office space to process arrests made by school resource officers.

University of Louisville, PR exec to cut ties over conflict with Jurich

Bob Gunnell (courtesy of Boxcar PR) Bob Gunnell (courtesy of Boxcar PR)
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The University of Louisville Athletics Association will cancel its contract worth at least $90,000 a year with public relations firm Boxcar PR after the firm and its founder, Bob Gunnell, began representing fired athletics director Tom Jurich in his personal capacity.

Indiana education leaders working to increase high-speed internet access in classrooms Video included

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According to officials, 30 districts do not have high-speed connections.

Kentucky receives nearly $25 million grant to help improve children's reading, writing skills Video included

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The state will help schools come up with plans to make the improvements.

JCPS searching for ways to hire and keep more school bus drivers Video included

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The problems sparked school board members to call a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss possible solutions.

Indiana school districts see teacher shortages in math, science and special education Video included

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A recent study suggests there is a teacher shortage in Indiana, and it is putting a strain on local school districts.

University of Louisville skewers Tom Jurich in firing letter Video included

Tom Jurich, who became U of L's athletics director in 1997, engineered the school's ascent into the Atlantic Coast Conference. Jurich was fired Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Tom Jurich, who became U of L's athletics director in 1997, engineered the school's ascent into the Atlantic Coast Conference. Jurich was fired Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.
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University of Louisville interim President Greg Postel blasted Tom Jurich in the formal letter firing the longtime athletics director last week.

University of Louisville shields memo listing problems with Tom Jurich's handling of Adidas deal

Tom Jurich was fired Oct. 18 after 20 years as U of L's athletics director Tom Jurich was fired Oct. 18 after 20 years as U of L's athletics director
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The university refuses to disclose an internal memo that might shed light on tensions between Jurich and senior members of the U of L administration.

Survey: Indiana school districts seeing teacher shortages Video included

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The way many school districts are trying to keep classrooms staffed with teachers. 

West Clark Community School Board votes to allow another political email to be sent to district's parents Video included

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Controversy is surrounding 4,000 political emails sent to parents in West Clark Community Schools, but now parents can expect to receive another mass email, this time from the opposing side.

Vince Tyra to be paid $1.2 million as acting athletics director at Louisville

Vince Tyra addresses reporters, Oct. 18, 2017 Vince Tyra addresses reporters, Oct. 18, 2017
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University of Louisville acting athletics director Vince Tyra will be paid $100,000 per month, or $1.2 million, under a one-year contract approved by the U of L's board of trustees on Wednesday.

UK graduate donates more than $12 million to university

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The money will be used to support the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

Meeting in Henryville gets heated after thousands of emails sent by political action committee to school parents Video included

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More than 4,000 emails sent to West Clark parents about an upcoming referendum vote could have broken state law.

New learning center at Tully Elementary School underscores need for additional JCPS renovations Video included

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The schools unused pool has been transformed into a new multi-purpose room -- which includes a new library and broadcast studio -- but it's not the only construction need in the district.

Ceremonial signing held in Frankfort for charter schools bill Video included

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Kentucky will be the 44th state with charter schools.

Record number of degrees conferred by Ky. universities, colleges

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The report says there have been one-year increases for both career-oriented certificates and degrees at the associate, bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

JCPS calls special meeting to discuss authorizing charter schools Video included

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Charter schools are headed to Kentucky, but local districts still have questions.

JCPS to get $1 million in sale of former Frost Middle School

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Jefferson County Public Schools plans to sell the former Frost Middle School property in Valley Station to Louisville Gas & Electric Co. for $1 million. 

JCPS leaders said they won't tolerate alleged abuse of students in Head Start program Video included

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Seven teachers and assistants within JCPS have been fired since a report was released from the Administration for Children and Families in August alleging children were slapped, threatened and thrown in a closet.

U of L cops provided extra security to Postel after 'hostile' phone calls

Greg Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville Greg Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville
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The University of Louisville Police Department provided extra security for interim U of L President Greg Postel at his office and home following his decision last month to suspend men's basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletics director Tom Jurich.

$1 million grant awarded to New Albany-Floyd County schools to provide students with new counselors Video included

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The competitive grant is from a private foundation -- Lilly Endowment -- based out of Indianapolis.

SUNDAY EDITION | Latest University of Louisville turmoil muddles KFC Yum! Center debt plan Video included

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The new scandal has prompted the arena’s financial consultants to start preparing for a worst-case scenario: An NCAA “death penalty” that could wipe out full seasons of play, or roughly 20 U of L home games at the downtown Yum! Center.

Basketball scandals "a pattern" of bad behavior by Pitino, U of L charges in letter Video included

Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom
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Two recent scandals in the University of Louisville men’s basketball program show “a pattern” of “inappropriate behavior” that justifies firing head coach Rick Pitino, the university’s interim president wrote in a letter to Pitino dated Tuesday.

University of Louisville Foundation 'unrecognizable' from year ago, director says

Keith Sherman, interim executive director of the U of L Foundation Keith Sherman, interim executive director of the U of L Foundation
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Today’s University of Louisville Foundation is “unrecognizable” from the free-spending, opaque organization that existed under former U of L President James Ramsey. That was the message the foundation’s interim executive director, Keith Sherman, had.

Indiana to pay $43 million for company to administer ISTEP replacement test

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It will be given to students starting in the spring of 2019.

'Reasonableness' of Ramsey-era compensation at issue as U of L Foundation weighs lawsuits

University of Louisville Foundation interim executive director Keith Sherman, center, briefs the board on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. University of Louisville Foundation interim executive director Keith Sherman, center, briefs the board on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.
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Lawyers working for the University of Louisville Foundation are examining whether the compensation the nonprofit organization paid to university and foundation employees in the era of former U of L President James Ramsey was “reasonable.” 

Records: Under Postel, U of L president's office spent nearly $500,000 on football suite, tickets

Interim U of L President Greg Postel Interim U of L President Greg Postel
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In July and August, the office of interim U of L President Greg Postel spent $491,000 in endowment money on a football suite as well as tickets to football and basketball games, according to financial statements released during a foundation board meeting on Thursday.

Three area schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools

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The distinction of earning the honor and the Washington, D.C. ceremony planned to honor the schools. 

U of L Interim President Greg Postel testifies about 'State of the University' in Frankfort Video included

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Postel touched on the Board of Trustees, accreditation, and the KFC Yum! Center, but couldn't stay away from the bombshell dropped on the University this week. 

Adidas hired Tom Jurich's daughter months before $160 million deal with University of Louisville

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Just months before the U of L Athletics Association signed a $160 million extension of its lucrative apparel deal with Adidas, the company hired athletics director Tom Jurich’s daughter Haley as an “NCAA brand communications manager,” according to her LinkedIn profile.

JCPS test scores show small regression in reading and math, but improvements among middle school students Video included

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Only 44.5 percent of students scored proficient in reading and math, a decrease from last year and well below the state average. 

Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich placed on leave after latest University of Louisville basketball scandal Video included

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University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletics director Tom Jurich have been placed on administrative leave until the next athletics association board meeting in October, a source close to Jurich told WDRB News.

Republican lawmakers criticize JCPS diversity plan Video included

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Jefferson County Public Schools’ interim superintendent got an earful Monday from Republican lawmakers who don’t like how the state’s largest school district assigns students to schools based on factors broader than the location of their home.

SUNDAY EDITION | University of Louisville 'fully prepared' for pivotal accreditation visit Video included

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Of all the issues U of L has faced since the forced departure of former President James Ramsey in 2016, none is more serious than the threat to its accreditation, which is the lifeblood of any university.

University of Louisville board to keep presidential finalists confidential

University of Louisville board of trustees Chairman David Grissom, June 9, 2017 University of Louisville board of trustees Chairman David Grissom, June 9, 2017
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The University of Louisville Board of Trustees plans to keep the names of candidates for the university presidency – even finalists who may interview for the job – confidential as part of a strategy to attract the best applicants, board chairman J. David Grissom said Friday.

JCPS 'discontinuing' certain classes after state report reveals certified teacher issue Video included

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Several JCPS student programs have at least been temporarily halted after administrators discovered the classes were being taught by non-certified staff.

West Clark Community School leaders want to 'dispel rumors' about $95 million plan Video included

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But leaders with West Clark Community Schools want to set the record straight about their plan.

Jeffersonville elementary school teacher greets students with unique handshakes Video included

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Sergio Spencer teaches 3rd grade at Spring Hill Elementary School in Jeffersonville.

JCPS names Felicia Cumings Smith new assistant superintendent of academic services

Felicia Cumings Smith (submitted photo) Felicia Cumings Smith (submitted photo)
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A longtime educator has been named the new assistant superintendent of academic services in Jefferson County Public Schools. 

Lawmakers approve $170,000 contract for University of Louisville president search Video included

Lee Smith, interim C.O.O. of the University of Louisville Lee Smith, interim C.O.O. of the University of Louisville
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Kentucky lawmakers quickly approved the University of Louisville’s request to pay a consulting firm up to $170,000 to handle the search for the university’s next president. 

SUNDAY EDITION | Pension crisis stokes fear among Kentucky's public employees Video included

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“It was a very hard decision to make, because I am not ready to just sit at home for the rest of my life. But I have never been one to gamble. And I am tired of the worrying over whether my pension will be there or not. So I decided it was my time to go."

University of Louisville to spend $170,000 on search for new president

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The University of Louisville plans to spend $170,000 on an executive search firm to find candidates to succeed former U of L President James Ramsey. 

New tardy policy at Utah high school criticized for making students to pay a fine

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The policy required students to pay $3 to $5 in fines, if they are chronically late. 

JCPS collects clothes and bottles of water for Houston flooding victims Video included

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After the JCPS community saw devastating video and heard stories about loss due to Hurricane Harvey, they decided to band together.

Oldham County schools moving to have nurses staffed in all schools Video included

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Oldham County Public Schools are working toward putting a registered nurse in all of it’s schools.

JCPS not providing transportation for Early Childhood programs Friday due to weather forecast

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JCPS has canceled transportation for its Early Childhood programs on Friday due to the heavy rains expected in the area.

Indiana may lower legal school-age of children from 7 to 6

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If you live in Indiana, you aren't required to send your children to school until they are 7. That may change.

Bellarmine University raises more than $100 million for school improvements

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Bellarmine University hit a milestone after raising more than $100 million for its capital campaign.

State: JCPS has 'systemic' problem allowing non-certified employees to teach, supervise classes

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State investigation: The practice of "non-certified staff teach and supervise students during the instructional day...is systemic within the schools of the district."

Former Bullitt County principal files lawsuit against district after demotion

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He says he knows the reason why he was demoted.

Simmons College of Kentucky receives scholarship money from corporate neighbors Video included

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Simmons College of Kentucky received scholarship money Tuesday from two corporate giants, and school officials believe it will help keep some students off the streets and others out of debt.

Investigation finds Smyrna Elementary principal broke law by shirking parental involvement on council Video included

Smyrna Elementary (JCPS photo) Smyrna Elementary (JCPS photo)
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Investigation states principal Tiffany Stith's actions have "effectively eliminated the (site-based decision making) council's authority at Smyrna Elementary School and put all authority into her hands."

Kentucky Labor Cabinet hosting first annual Registered Apprenticeship Summit in Louisville

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State leaders are helping Kentucky businesses train and retain qualified employees.

Kentucky pension consultant says to freeze benefits, move workers to 401(k)-style plans Video included

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A consultant hired by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration recommends fixing Kentucky’s pension debts of at least $35 billion by, among other measures, freezing benefits and moving state and local government workers into less secure, 401(k)-style plans.

Grief counselors on-hand at JCPS school after students killed in apparent murder-suicide Video included

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Counselors say it's a difficult task, considering the fact that the boys were just eight and 10 years old.

Study estimates major enrollment growth over next decade in West Clark Community Schools Video included

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A new study predicts West Clark Community Schools could see thousands of new students.

Generous donors supply high-tech equipment for Louisville YPAS piano lab Video included

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Students at Louisville's Youth Performing Arts School now have a new, state-of-the-art piano lab.

JCPS ditches foam food containers for recyclable cardboard trays

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JCPS cafeterias will soon transition from using biodegradable foam containers to cardboard, recyclable trays. 

Some within JCPS argue school resource officers don't make schools safer Video included

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Do school resource officers (SROs) keep your kids safe? It's a debate at JCPS, and some think the district would be better off spending its money on something else.

JCPS swaps Papa John's Wednesdays for Wild Mike's Tuesdays

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JCPS middle and high school students will notice a change in pizza offerings as Papa John's Wednesdays have been replaced with Wild Mike's Tuesdays.

Immunization certifications due before start of JCPS' early childhood classes

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The district says early childhood education students who do not have proof of immunization on file by August 29 will not be able to attend class.

JCPS board approves new plan to incentivize bus driver attendance Video included

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Legal concerns over the JCPS bus driver bonus pay program have forced the district to come up with a new plan.

JCPS school board approves lowering 2017-18 property tax rate Video included

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The tax rate will decrease, meaning the owner of a $100,000 home would pay about $704 in property taxes to JCPS, about four dollars less than last year. 

U of L trustee case now in hands of the Kentucky Supreme Court Video included

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Attorney General Andy Beshear is challenging Gov. Matt Bevin's 2016 revamping of U of L board

Concerns over eclipse glasses prompt Clarksville Community Schools to dismiss early Monday

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The plans being made to send students home before the eclipse begins. 

Fired principal Ken Stites gets JCPS job back, agrees not to work at Norton Elementary Video included

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As part of the settlement agreement, Stites will accept a reassignment to an administrative position and receive a reduction in pay. 

JCPS to update bus driver bonus pay program over legality concerns Video included

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JCPS is proposing a new incentive plan to combat a bus driver shortage and the need for all drivers and special-needs transportation assistants to be in attendance every day.

JCPS and fired Norton Elementary principal Ken Stites settle termination case

Norton Elementary School principal Ken Stites was fired from JCPS on May 30. Norton Elementary School principal Ken Stites was fired from JCPS on May 30.
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A settlement has been reached in the termination case between Jefferson County Public Schools and former Norton Elementary principal Ken Stites.

Wednesday is move-in day for U of L freshmen Video included

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The university has increased efforts over the years to get students to live on campus.

Nearly 100,000 JCPS students return to school Wednesday Video included

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More than 900 JCPS buses will make sure some students get to school safely.

Top curriculum administrator abruptly resigns from JCPS Video included

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A top educator in Jefferson County Public Schools suddenly resigned from her position on Monday. 

Some JCPS schools scrambling for solar eclipse glasses after Amazon safety recall

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At least three Louisville schools are scrambling to find glasses for students to view next week's solar eclipse after purchasing glasses from Amazon that have been recalled for safety reasons.

JCPS asking for public's help to name district's new Males of Color Academy

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Jefferson County Public Schools is asking for the public's help to name the district's new Males of Color Academy. 

Appeal hearing for fired Norton Elementary principal Ken Stites begins Monday

Norton Elementary School principal Ken Stites was fired from JCPS on May 30. Norton Elementary School principal Ken Stites was fired from JCPS on May 30.
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The longtime educator was terminated from JCPS and is fighting to get his job back. His appeal hearing will be open to the public.

Solar eclipse prompts New Albany Floyd County Schools to extend school day

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Students in the New Albany Floyd County Schools district will have a longer school day next week, courtesy of the upcoming solar eclipse.

JCPS names Tyler Shearon new principal of Southern High School

Southern High School (WDRB file photo) Southern High School (WDRB file photo)
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Tyler Shearon was named to the post on Monday. He will start immediately.

New $38 million elementary school opens at Fort Knox

Kingsolver Elementary School at Fort Knox. Kingsolver Elementary School at Fort Knox.
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Kingsolver Elementary was designed for students of the 21st century.  

County Attorney's office drops charges against JCPS assistant principal accused of kicking student

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Apparently, the family had no idea the case was going away -- and their attorney says he wasn't notified either. 

Oldham County Schools facing bus driver shortage as school year begins Video included

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The district is looking at having to do double runs for the first time ever, because of the shortage of drivers.

Lawmakers deny University of Louisville request to double legal spending

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"We just felt it was going too far..." said committee chairman Rep. Stan Lee, a Republican from Lexington.

U of L officials say more than 50 percent of incoming class have college credits Video included

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Classes are scheduled to start next Monday.

JCPS, Oldham County Schools not recommending tax hikes for 2017-18

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Higher property assessments in both counties have generated additional revenue for JCPS and Oldham County Schools.

University of Louisville Foundation fires consultant charged with stealing from U of L Golf Club Video included

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 The University of Louisville Foundation cut ties with a financial consultant it had hired on a contract last month after he was charged Wednesday with stealing from the pro-shop at the U of L Golf Club.

New residence hall ready for several hundred University of Kentucky students

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University of Kentucky students will have more living space when they return to campus Saturday.

Mercy Academy students make historic discovery mapping Mammoth Cave Video included

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A team of Mercy Academy students mapped a new underwater passage in Mammoth Cave National Park.

University of Louisville trustees committee to decide whether to go to court over foundation losses

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Trustees Chairman David Grissom said the board has to consider the costs of pursuing litigation, including extensive legal fees and continued reputation harm as the university begins to look for its next president.

Former JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens named finalist for Arizona job Video included

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Former JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens has been named a finalist for a top job in Arizona. 

GCCS spending $17,000 on feasibility study to find site for new elementary school Video included

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The Greater Clark County Schools Board of School Trustee's is spending more than $17,000 for a feasibility study.

Hardin County Schools puts emphasis on preschool and high school Video included

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Superintendent Teresa Morgan explains what's new for students this school year.

Hundreds of Hardin County students will transition into new building during school year Video included

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The new $15.5 million school is a two-story building located off of Main Street in Cecilia.

JCPS to dismiss some students late on Aug. 21 for solar eclipse viewing

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Forms for an excused absence the day of the eclipse also have a later deadline for students to submit. 

Finishing touches placed on new Taylorsville Elementary School day before classes begin

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It's taken 18 months and $22 million to reach this point. 

Technology is a focal point for Bullitt County Schools this year Video included

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The district is using technology to reach students and attract the best teachers.

School districts make plans for the solar eclipse viewing on Aug. 21 Video included

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Some school districts will provide solar eclipse glasses for students to wear.

Classes resume in Muncie after school bus mix-ups

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A central Indiana school district says it has resolved problems with bus transportation that prompted the cancellation of two days of school last week.

Get your kids vaccinated before they head back to school

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Vaccinations are a safe and effective way to keep your kids healthy.

JCPS moving forward with search for new superintendent

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The school board has now issued a request for proposals from firms that could help the district with a national search.

Indiana school district cancels classes until Monday due to bus problems Video included

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Some students were picked up late and others were not picked up at all.

Parents with autism encouraged to put 'yellow dot' stickers in car windows

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If you have a child with autism, a simple sticker can help them to be a lot safer. Here's how.

Indiana district closes schools over bus and transportation problems

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The problems on the first day of school that prompted school officials to cancel classes for day two.

Kentucky school board considers lottery system to help select students for new charter schools Video included

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State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt said the lottery would be used when a school has more applicants than available seats.

Louisville group fights for equal access to better sex education in JCPS classrooms Video included

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Dressed in green and holding signs, the group rallied Tuesday in front of the VanHoose Education Center.

Helping students with hearing loss Video included

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Keith Kaiser learns how the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy helps students hear in the classroom.

How to help your child with their homework Video included

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School work has changed dramatically since some parents were in school. Adrianne Flores has four tips for parents about helping kids with homework.

Spencerian College to merge with Sullivan University Video included

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The merged institution will be known as Sullivan University.

Southern H.S. principal moving to Christian Academy of Louisville middle school

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Christian Academy of Louisville confirmed the move to WDRB.

UPS employees pack bus with school supplies for students Video included

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Boxes were filled with everything from paper and crayons to backpacks.

New policy allows Meyzeek Middle School students to use bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity Video included

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 A new year brings new rules for the restroom at Meyzeek Middle School. 

Bullitt County Schools issue Chromebooks to students ahead of school year Video included

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The advantage school officials hope students will get from the computers. 

New Albany-Floyd County students return to class with an interim superintendent Video included

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Interim superintendent Dr. Bradley Snyder says there are three important things parents need to know before school begins.

West Clark Community Schools focusing on growth for new school year Video included

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Nearly 5,000 students from Borden, Henryville and Silver Creek are going back to school Wednesday, July 26.

JCPS leaders want to find new building for growing number of ESL Newcomer students Video included

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They're filling classrooms so fast, JCPS can barely keep up.

Bus drivers prepared to battle street construction in downtown New Albany

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School buses getting ready to hit the road in Floyd County will have more obstacles to dodge this year. 

JCPS launches 'Bus Finder' feature for parents to keep track of kids on buses

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A new tool will be available for parents who want to keep track of their children on Jefferson County Public School buses this school year.

Clarksville students get surprise visit from teachers a week before classes resume Video included

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Some students in Clarksville got a reminder this morning that summer break is almost over.

Nelson County Schools superintendent resigns

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School board members say Superintendent Anthony Orr handed in his resignation letter Thursday. 

JCPS student who emigrated from Mexico will meet President Trump after being chosen to attend Boys Nation Video included

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In the future, Hernandez wants to work on immigration legislation to specifically help students who are illegal immigrants and trying to change their lives through an education. 

$5 million grant to focus on preventing violence in Kentucky's biggest cities Video included

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The fellowships being created in Louisville and Lexington for black men and boys aged 16-25.

University of Louisville Foundation fires CFO Jason Tomlinson

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The University of Louisville Foundation fired its chief financial officer, Jason Tomlinson, on Tuesday as the organization seeks a “new start” following a scathing forensic investigation that found millions of dollars in overspending.

JCPS leaders hoping for more kindergarten-ready students in new school year Video included

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With less than a month before school starts, JCPS leaders are touting success in Kindergarten readiness programs.

JCPS Mobile Registration Bus begins month-long tour Video included

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The JCPS mobile registration bus began its tour of Louisville on Monday, making school registration easier for parents. 

SUNDAY EDITION | JCPS dives into ‘Deeper Learning’ Video included

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The initiative has been at the forefront of the school district’s strategic plan since last June.

Incoming JCPS kindergartners get ready for school at 'ReadyFest' Video included

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School is still a few weeks away for JCPS students, but on Saturday, even the youngest of them were getting a jump on the new school year.

Kentucky Republican Party calls on Beshear to recuse himself from University of Louisville Foundation probe

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The Republican Party of Kentucky on Friday called on Attorney General Andy Beshear to recuse himself from an investigation into the University of Louisville Foundation because Beshear’s former law firm advised the foundation for many years. 

Ky. Attorney General's criminal division opens probe into University of Louisville Foundation Video included

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The criminal division of Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office is requesting a number of records from the University of Louisville – including emails and the re-purposed hard drive used by former U of L President James Ramsey – after Beshear's office reviewed the scathing forensic investigation of the U of L Foundation released last month. Beshear spokesman Terry Sebastian said he didn’t know about his office...

Hardin County school teaching preschool and kindergarten students to say no to drugs and alcohol

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North Park Elementary School just got a $40,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Public Health, and it's using part of the money to buy a new curriculum called "Too Good for Drugs."

University of Louisville to spend up to $400,000 for more 'forensic' work on troubled foundation

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The University of Louisville will spend up to $400,000 on follow-up work to last month’s blistering forensic report detailing millions of dollars of excessive spending by the university’s nonprofit foundation.

JCPS hires 'deeper learning' expert to improve district's test scores and classroom instruction Video included

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In a possible game-changer for JCPS, the district has hired someone new to tackle declining test scores and figure out better ways to teach students.

JCPS names Carmen Coleman acting chief academic officer Video included

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Acting JCPS superintendent Marty Pollio named a longtime educator from Lexington as the district's interim chief academic officer on Friday. She starts Monday.

Retired JCPS administrator Tim Hagan named acting principal of Norton Elementary

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A retired JCPS administrator has been named the acting principal of Norton Elementary School.

GCCS approves plan that would combine 2 schools, build new location in downtown Jeffersonville Video included

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The Greater Clark County School Board voted Wednesday night to pursue a plan that would combine two Jeffersonville elementary schools.

Marty Pollio outlines goals as he takes over as interim superintendent for JCPS Video included

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Pollio says he's not wasting any time, as held his first news conference on Monday.

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