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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.

Tom Jurich supporters defend his handling of Adidas sponsorship deal Video included

U of L Athletics Director Tom Jurich has been on leave since Sept. 27 U of L Athletics Director Tom Jurich has been on leave since Sept. 27
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High-profile supporters of suspended University of Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich are pushing back against interim U of L President Greg Postel’s claim that Jurich failed to keep key people in the loop before executing a 10-year, $160 million extension of the university’s apparel sponsorship deal with Adidas.

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

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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

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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.

Heaven Hill Brands donates $30K to Simmons College Video included

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Heaven Hill Brands President Max Shapira and Simmons College President Dr. Kevin Cosby were on hand Tuesday morning as plans for the partnership were revealed.

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.

Indiana college allowing students to apply without submitting ACT or SAT scores

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The college says it will continue to use "a holistic review of all application materials."

Donna Hargens' tenure as JCPS superintendent comes to a close Video included

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Donna Hargens is spending her last work day as JCPS superintendent on Friday, as her resignation from the district takes effect on Saturday.

Federal student loan rate hike goes into effect Saturday

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College students and parents will soon have to start paying more for federal student loans.

U of L's Keith Inman to replace Randy Coe as president of Kosair Charities

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After 21 years leading Kosair Charities, Randy Coe plans to retire as the organization’s president in August and hand the reins to Keith Inman, the longtime chief fundraiser at the University of Louisville.

ACLU says JCPS Males of Color Academy 'leaves girls of color behind' Video included

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The JCPS Males of Color Academy has major support from the community, but it also raises a lot of questions.

Former JCPS superintendent Ernest Grayson dies at 91 Video included

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The first superintendent of the newly-merged Jefferson County school system has died.

JCPS board votes to approve 'Males of Color' Academy in Louisville Video included

The Jefferson County Board of Education voted to support the 'Males of Color' Academy on Tuesday night; it is expected to open in 2018-19 year. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) The Jefferson County Board of Education voted to support the 'Males of Color' Academy on Tuesday night; it is expected to open in 2018-19 year. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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After more than two hours of public comments and discussion, the JCPS school board gave district officials the green light on Tuesday night to proceed with the creation of a school geared toward black male students.

Clarksville Community School Board reaches retirement deal with Superintendent Kim Knott Video included

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The same Clarksville Community School Board that voted to fire her approved a retirement deal Tuesday night with Superintendent Kim Knott.

JCPS to consider proposal for 'Males of Color' Academy Video included

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The meeting starts at 7 o'clock tonight at the Van Hoose Education Center on Newburg Road. 

SUNDAY EDITION | A career ‘fixer,’ Greg Postel takes on biggest job yet at University of Louisville Video included

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Dr. Gregory Postel thought he would practice medicine his whole career. Instead, he's been thrust into one leadership role after another over 23 years at the University of Louisville. 

Thousands of students from across the country come to Louisville for SkillsUSA competition Video included

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Thousands of students are packing Freedom Hall on Friday night to hear who won competitions at SkillsUSA.

Survey: Less than half of JCPS teachers, principals have faith in current district leadership

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For the second straight year, fewer JCPS employees reported they were less confident in the leadership of Superintendent Donna Hargens and in the district’s ability to manage money efficiently, according to new survey results.

University of Louisville Foundation fires former Ramsey aide Kathleen Smith

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The University of Louisville Foundation fired Kathleen Smith, the longtime top aide to former U of L and foundation president James Ramsey, effective Thursday.

'Kindergarten Countdown' offers checklist to get students ready to learn Video included

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The ten step plan to help families before the first day of school.  

West Clark Community Schools says it needs to borrow $95 million for building repairs Video included

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Teachers say their buildings are falling apart, so West Clark Community School district said it needs to borrow $95 million to fix them.

Parents, Jeffersonville mayor oppose GCCS plan to shut down elementary schools Video included

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A plan to close two elementary schools in Jeffersonville is getting backlash from parents and city leaders.

SUNDAY EDITION | Breaking down the unprecedented firing of a longtime JCPS principal Video included

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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It hasn’t been a significant problem for Jefferson County Public Schools in the past, but with the recent firing of a longtime principal, the issue of student residency violations has been launched into the spotlight. 

With lower enrollment, U of L board approves $48 million budget cut Video included

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The University of Louisville will have to operate on $48 million less for the upcoming school year. 

Kentucky attorney general to hold off on suit against Bevin's executive order Video included

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Kentucky Attorney Andy Beshear said Thursday he will hold off on filing a lawsuit over a recent executive order by Gov. Matt Bevin to reorganize several state education boards.

Norton Elementary goal clarity coach says fired principal bullied her

Norton Elementary School (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) Norton Elementary School (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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A Norton Elementary goal clarity coach whose position was initially eliminated in February says the decision to move her was made in "direct retaliation" after she complained about bullying and hostile behavior.

University of Louisville Foundation forms group to study audit findings

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The chairwoman of the University of Louisville Foundation said “further investigation” is needed before the foundation board decides whether to pursue litigation based on the findings of a blistering forensic investigation released last week. 

University of Louisville Foundation chief financial officer on paid leave Video included

Jason Tomlinson, chief financial officer of the University of Louisville Foundation, at a 2016 board meeting Jason Tomlinson, chief financial officer of the University of Louisville Foundation, at a 2016 board meeting
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A day after a blistering audit was released, the University of Louisville Foundation said its chief financial officer, Jason Tomlinson, has been placed on paid leave. 

New Albany Floyd County Schools prepares to act fast in search for new superintendent

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Dr. Bruce Hibbard's last day with the district will be June 30.

JCPS school board, community given details about proposed 'Males of Color Academy' Video included

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On Tuesday, district leaders met at the VanHoose Education Center to answer questions about the "Males of Color Academy," which parents think is the kind of program the district needs right now.

Dozens rally during JCPS board meeting for fired Norton Elementary principal Ken Stites Video included

Parents and community members rally against the district's firing of Norton Elementary School Ken Stites on Tuesday before a school board meeting (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) Parents and community members rally against the district's firing of Norton Elementary School Ken Stites on Tuesday before a school board meeting (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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Dozens of parents, students and community members gathered before the Jefferson County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday to rally against the district's firing of their longtime principal. 

New Albany Floyd County Schools superintendent leaving the district

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The superintendent of New Albany Floyd County Schools has left the district.

Dozens of female students attend STEM workshop in Hardin County Video included

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This was the first year for the summit, but Hardin County Schools says it plans to make it an annual event.

Attorney General Andy Beshear evaluating whether 'mismanagement' of U of L Foundation warrants criminal charges Video included

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said his office is “carefully reviewing” whether the “gross mismanagement” revealed in last week’s forensic investigation of the University of Louisville Foundation warrants criminal charges.

2 Clark County elementary schools could permanently close, forcing students to relocate Video included

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Greater Clark County Schools is considering a proposal to close Spring Hill Elementary and Maple Elementary.

Some Indiana high school seniors not allowed to walk at graduation because of school prank Video included

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"'I'm the first to graduate out of my family and it's not fair," said Elizabeth Huerta, a graduating senior.

University of Louisville Foundation audit 'paints disturbing picture' of excessive spending and attempts to conceal truth Video included

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Under former University of Louisville President James Ramsey, the U of L’s nonprofit foundation depleted the university’s endowment to fund excessive spending on things ranging from compensation to real estate to football tickets, according to special audit released Thursday.

JCPS board to hear update on proposed 'Males of Color' Academy

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The JCPS school board will hear a "detailed explanation" next week on the steps the district has taken since November on the plan to create a district-wide magnet school geared toward black male students.

Tuition increase coming for Indiana University students at all campuses Video included

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The board of trustees just approved a 1.4 percent tuition and fee increase for IU Bloomington and IUPUI that will go into effect in time for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

University of Louisville tightens restriction on hiring amid revenue concerns

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The University of Louisville won’t fill any open faculty and staff positions through at least Oct. 1 as next year’s enrollment looks to be lower than first projected.

Pre-K program for low-income Indiana families expands into Floyd and Harrison counties

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The goal of the program for 4-year-olds, and the the information available to enroll. 

JCPS policy revision to hire non-violent felons back on table Video included

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Convicted felons could get a second chance with jobs through JCPS.

UK Board of Trustees votes to raise tuition for all students Video included

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A proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year includes a four percent tuition and mandatory fee increase for students from Kentucky and a six-and-a-half percent increase for out-of-state students.

JCPS offers free meals for kids all summer long Video included

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JCPS kicked off its Summer Feeding Program on Tuesday at the Nelson Hornbeck Park.

JCPS board objects to state plan for outside review of union contracts Video included

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The JCPS school board is asking for an attorney general's opinion on whether a position being advertised by the state as part of an unprecedented management review of JCPS is needed as it investigates bargained contracts between the district and its unions.

Oldham County students create system to help visually-impaired players shoot baskets

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Students from North Oldham High School want to make playing sports a little easier for those with visual impairments. They're using technology to make that happen.

NAFC Superintendent Hibbard reportedly leaving the job Video included

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The position Dr. Bruce Hibbard is expected to announce. 

Parents and teachers rally to support dismissed JCPS elementary school principal Video included

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They argued that the allegations against him aren't true. 

Todd Stockwell takes over as interim principal of Doss High School Video included

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A longtime educator with Jefferson County Public Schools has been named the interim principal at Doss High School. 

JCPS fires Norton Elementary School principal Ken Stites Video included

Ken Stites his attorney, Will Walsh. Ken Stites his attorney, Will Walsh.
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The longtime principal of Norton Elementary School was fired by Jefferson County Public Schools on Tuesday following a district investigation.

KONZ | Highlights from attending some Class of 2017 graduations

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The smiles, the pride and the overwhelming sense of accomplishment -- and that's just coming from the teenagers wearing caps and gowns in their school colors. 

Parents of Seneca High senior killed in crash presented with her diploma at graduation

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The family of a Seneca High School senior killed in a traffic crash last week was presented with her diploma in an emotional graduation ceremony held Thursday.

Salem, Ind., police officer placed on paid leave after 'medical event'

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He also served as a school resource officer.

Donna Hargens spends last day of school as JCPS superintendent visiting teachers, students Video included

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens chats with a teacher at Jacob Elementary on Wednesday, the last day of the 2016-17 year. JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens chats with a teacher at Jacob Elementary on Wednesday, the last day of the 2016-17 year.
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Wednesday marked the final last day of school for Superintendent Donna Hargens -- at least in JCPS, a district she has led for the past six years. 

'ClassDojo' app helps parents keep track of kids at school

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A new app makes it possible for parents to keep an eye on their kids while they are at school.

JCPS looks at possible changes to student discipline codes

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At the final JCPS board meeting of the school year Tuesday, district leaders brought up possible changes to the student handbook involving student behavior policies.

JCPS graduation schedule: 6,344 students will earn diplomas this week

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Thousands of JCPS seniors will earn diplomas in dozens of graduation ceremonies that will begin Wednesday evening and last through Friday.

Local teacher inspires students with costumes for the final days of school #MrHaydensCountown

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The clever way Nate Hayden is getting students get even more excited about wrapping up the year at Charlestown High School.  

SUNDAY EDITION | As JCPS interim superintendent, Marty Pollio aims to improve culture, climate and achievement Video included

Marty Pollio checks in with Doss High junior Ja'Nae Jackson about her social studies project on Wednesday. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) Marty Pollio checks in with Doss High junior Ja'Nae Jackson about her social studies project on Wednesday. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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"I do believe that the culture and morale go hand in hand and they both have to be addressed right away.”

Seneca High School senior dies in pedestrian crash on Poplar Level Road Video included

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The 17-year-old girl who was hit by a car on Poplar Level Road on Thursday has died. 

JCPS opts not to renew chief business officer Tom Hudson's contract

Tom Hudson, was named the chief business officer for JCPS in 2015. Tom Hudson, was named the chief business officer for JCPS in 2015.
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Tom Hudson's last day with JCPS will be June 30.

Brown School to get playground in Peace Park Video included

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Students at a downtown Louisville school could finally have their own playground.

Postel takes lead for U of L in negotiation on KFC Yum! Center payments

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The University of Louisville board of trustees voted Thursday to give interim U of L President Greg Postel the authority to work out a new lease for the university’s basketball programs at the KFC Yum! Center, and Postel said he hopes to ink a deal in the next few weeks.

5 Ballard High students being disciplined for senior prank at Eastern High

Two of the cars damaged by Ballard High students at Eastern High School on Wednesday. (Submitted photos) Two of the cars damaged by Ballard High students at Eastern High School on Wednesday. (Submitted photos)
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"When the Eastern administrators got out to the parking lot…they found the Ballard students with eggs and mayonnaise."

Superintendent of Madison Consolidated Schools tenders resignation Video included

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Come July 1, Ginger Bolinger will step into a new role.

Byck Elementary principal Robert Gunn resigning to take job at West End School

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Only four months after taking over as principal at Byck Elementary School, Robert Gunn has resigned to take a position at the West End School.

Postel: KentuckyOne sell-off plan "a real problem" for University of Louisville

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The University of Louisville shouldn’t rule out trying to acquire Jewish Hospital and the Frazier Rehabilitation Institute because the two downtown facilities have close ties to U of L’s School of Medicine, interim U of L President Greg Postel said Wednesday.

Bus driver perfect attendance bonuses cost JCPS $2.2 million so far Video included

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The perfect attendance bonuses will cost JCPS about $3 million by the end of the school year -- money that will not go to other programs.

Construction begins on $87 million in school renovations in southern Indiana Video included

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The New Albany-Floyd County school district broke ground Wednesday to remedy schools that don't make the grade. 

Doss High principal Marty Pollio named JCPS interim superintendent Video included

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A longtime JCPS educator who has served as a principal for the past decade was named the district’s interim superintendent on Tuesday. 

TARC to offer free bus rides to JCTC students Video included

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Beginning in August, TARC will be offering free bus rides to students enrolled at Jefferson Community Technical College, according to a joint news release from the school and the transporter.

After Nelson County student body-slammed teacher, parents demand action from school board Video included

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Increased violent behavior in one Kentucky school district has parents glad the school year is coming to a close.

Students, parents and staff rally to show their love for Crosby Middle School Video included

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Crosby Middle School has been in the news a lot lately because of severe overcrowding and string of lawsuits involving bullying. 

Kentucky Education Commissioner promises thorough audit of JCPS -- no matter how long it takes

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The audit could lead to a state takeover of the district.

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