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$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

Jason Tomlinson, former chief financial officer of the University of Louisville Foundation, at a 2016 board meeting Jason Tomlinson, former chief financial officer of the University of Louisville Foundation, at a 2016 board meeting
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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. 

UPDATE | Louisville teacher charged with sex abuse, sodomy Video included

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A Jefferson County teacher was arrested Wednesday after allegedly becoming involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student. 

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.

Search begins for new Ballard High principal amid district shakeup

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Ballard High School will be getting a new principal, as Staci Eddleman is moving to an administrative position with JCPS.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Stuart Pepper Middle School wins national archery championship Video included

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Kentucky middle school students really hit the mark in a national competition.

JCPS school board expected to name interim superintendent on Tuesday Video included

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The Jefferson County Board of Education is expected to name an interim superintendent for JCPS during a special-called meeting on Tuesday. 

Cursive writing requirement among new draft academic standards coming to Kentucky schools Video included

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Some big changes are coming to K-12 classrooms in Kentucky.  

JCPS: 142 employees notified of end-of-year layoffs Video included

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JCPS has notified 142 of its employees that their contracts have not been renewed for the 2017-18 year.

Floyd Central High School and Disney team-up for 'Newsies' musical Video included

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The Highlanders will set the stage for high schools across the country. 

State telling Indiana schools to minimize tuition increases

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is urging schools to keep tuition and mandatory fee increases to a minimum. 

JCPS board spends six hours interviewing, discussing interim superintendent candidates Video included

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The JCPS board spent all of Thursday night interviewing people for its interim superintendent position, but they won't tell us how many. 

Flyer circulating at some JCPS schools proclaims 'Fight on Sight Friday'

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The three schools targeted in the flyer and the reaction from school officials. 

JCPS Board could choose interim superintendent in today's special meeting Video included

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The meeting is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. at the VanHoose Education Center on Newburg Road.

Louisville teacher launches non-profit to match students with summer camps Video included

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Thousands of kids have 11 weeks of summer vacation, with nothing to do -- so a Louisville teacher is taking matters into her own hands.

Louisville mayor says disadvantaged students need continuing education in summer months

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Mayor Greg Fischer says students need to continue learning year-round. 

Connecticut high school takes flak for misspelling on sign Video included

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A Connecticut high school is getting teased for misspelling a word on a sign outside its doors. 

New video purportedly showing bullying at Crosby Middle School surfaces online Video included

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The victim's lawyer says the girl's life was threatened before she was beat up at her school. 

State seeks legal contractor to sift through JCPS bargaining contracts with unions

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As part of its "unprecedented" management audit of JCPS, the Kentucky Department of Education is looking for a legal contractor to interpret the bargained contracts between the district and its unions. 

U of L athletes send video message to JCPS students preparing for standardized testing Video included

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A few student athletes at the University of Louisville took the time Monday to send them a message. 

Lunch prices to increase at 13 JCPS schools, five others to offer free meals to all students in 2017-18 Video included

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Five more JCPS schools will join the majority of others across the district in offering free meals to all of its students – regardless of their income – during the 2017-18 year, while lunch prices will rise again for those who don't qualify for the free meals. 

Deadline to register for JCPS Kindergarten readiness camp is this week

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The criteria considered for applications to enter the camp, which runs July 5 through July 28, 2017

State testing begins for thousands of students in JCPS, Kentucky

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Testing season has arrived and that means thousands of students in Jefferson County Public Schools -- and across Kentucky -- will sit down to take end of year assessments to show how much they've learned during the 2016-17 year.

Retired professor donating 94 acres, house to IU-Southeast

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Carl deGraaf taught educational psychology at the New Albany school for 25 years until he retired in 2007.

University in Indiana catches heat over class focusing on President Trump

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The school's Vice President of Academic Affairs addressed worries about the course.

JCPS chief academic officer Lisa Herring named superintendent in Birmingham, Ala. Video included

JCPS chief academic officer Lisa Herring will serve as the district's interim superintendent. JCPS chief academic officer Lisa Herring will serve as the district's interim superintendent.
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JCPS chief academic officer Lisa Herring was named the superintendent of Birmingham City Schools in Alabama on Tuesday night. She was also being considered for interim superintendent in JCPS.

Greater Clark County Schools granted $22 million for improvements at 3 schools Video included

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After a failed referendum in 2015 that asked for over $100 million, the district tried something called a petition-remonstrance process.

Publication ranks six JCPS Schools among top public high schools in Kentucky

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The rankings are from U.S. News and World Reports. 

Eastern Kentucky tuition, housing cost to rise this fall

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Tuition for Eastern Kentucky University is set to rise by 5 percent this fall, bringing in-state undergraduate tuition to $8,996 a year.

Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' brings suicide, mental health discussion to teens and schools Video included

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"The series brings a lot positive conversations around mental health and suicide prevention ... what it doesn't do is give people any help or hope that there are other ways to address all these issues."

U of L Athletics Association to pick up tab for $6 million incentive pay promised to Jurich

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The University of Louisville Athletics Association plans to formally take responsibility to pay up to $6 million to athletics director Tom Jurich under a deal that former U of L President James Ramsey gave Jurich in 2014 through the U of L Foundation. 

John Schnatter resigns University of Louisville athletics board as Tom Jurich decries "bantering in the community" Video included

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John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John's International, has resigned from the University of Louisville athletics association board.

JCPS sends letter to parents about Netflix suicide show '13 Reasons Why' Video included

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A Netflix original miniseries that is getting a lot of attention throughout the country prompted Jefferson County Public Schools to send a resource letter to parents on Wednesday afternoon.

University of Louisville athletics department to get "thorough look" as John Schnatter sidesteps media Video included

Papa John's International founder and CEO John Schnatter at a meeting of the University of Louisville board of trustees, of which he is a member. April 26, 2017 Papa John's International founder and CEO John Schnatter at a meeting of the University of Louisville board of trustees, of which he is a member. April 26, 2017
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Two weeks since he made explosive comments about the University of Louisville Athletics Association and its director Tom Jurich, Papa John’s International CEO John Schnatter rebuffed a horde of reporters who attempted to ask him to elaborate. 

JCPS votes to discontinue Catalpa program from Maupin Elementary Video included

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The Catalpa School started at Maupin Elementary less than two years ago. 

Hargens speaks about resignation as JCPS board begins search for her replacement Video included

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Superintendent Donna Hargens spoke publicly for the first time about her decision to step down from JCPS as the school board announced plans to begin a "transparent and inclusive" search for her replacement.

University of Louisville Foundation approves first detailed budget, sacks law and accounting firms Video included

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The University of Louisville Foundation on Tuesday adopted a detailed budget to guide its spending in the upcoming year -- a basic financial management procedure that the $900 million organization never undertook during the 14-year administration of former U of L President James Ramsey. 

JCPS student behavior incidents jump 43 percent in 2016-17

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"Adult-student relationships need our immediate attention ... two of the top three (behavior) codes at all three levels (elementary, middle and high school) speak to toxic interactions between adults/staff and students."

SUNDAY EDITION | 'Much work to be done' as Superintendent Donna Hargens steps down from JCPS Video included

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Now that Donna Hargens is stepping down as JCPS superintendent, a review of her six-year tenure shows a mixed record when it comes to student achievement and engagement with the community and school board.

Academy @ Shawnee teacher named semifinalist for 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award

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A middle school science teacher at the Academy @ Shawnee has advanced in the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year competition. 

Board passes plan to merge Hardin County schools Video included

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Hardin County could be one step closer to merging schools.

JCPS seeks to drop School of Innovation program at Maupin Elementary

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Less than two years after JCPS implemented The Catalpa School at Maupin Elementary as part of the state's District of Innovation competition, the district will ask the school board to officially drop the program at the conclusion of this school year. 

Amazon delivers new library for Louisville school Video included

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Amazon has delivered a prime gift to Louisville's West End School for Boys: a new library.

Fired Ramsey Middle School assistant principal to get a job back with JCPS

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A former assistant principal at Ramsey Middle School who was fired in January will soon be getting a job back with Jefferson County Public Schools. 

Hardin County parents start petition to end school merger proposal Video included

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A proposed plan would combine several public schools in Hardin County, forcing pre-schoolers and teenagers to learn under the same roof. 

Legal concerns at issue as JCPS school board members keep quiet about ousting Hargens Video included

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As the state begins its "unprecedented" management audit of JCPS, will a strict "non-disparagement clause" in Hargens' new contract prevent board members from being allowed to speak freely?

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens to resign effective July 1 Video included

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After six years of leading Kentucky’s largest school district, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens will resign effective July 1.

RAW VIDEO | John Schnatter: UofL athletics needs 'fix,' Tom Jurich 'invisible' Video included

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While not mentioning Jurich by name, Schnatter complained that the “the leadership” of the athletics department is “invisible” to the university’s governing board.

JCPS calls special meeting to discuss future of Superintendent Donna Hargens Video included

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The JCPS board has scheduled a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss various items, including its contract with Superintendent Donna Hargens.

'Unprecedented' management audit of JCPS begins, state will visit schools next week

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State officials will begin on-site interviews with JCPS school board members, administrators, principals and teachers and make visits to dozens of schools starting next week as part of an "unprecedented" management audit ordered by the state's top education chief in February. 

Educators attend JCPS summit for inspiration to improve schools Video included

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JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens hosted a summit Tuesday to help inspire educators to improve Jefferson County's schools. 

Four local teachers nominated for 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award

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Four local teachers -- all with JCPS -- were named in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Teacher Achievement Awards and are eligible for the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award.

Indiana senators approve making state's school chief position appointed by governor

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Senators rejected a proposal on the same issue earlier in the session.

Mother of JCPS student files lawsuit claiming officials allowed daughter to be bullied Video included

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The parent of a Thomas Jefferson Middle School student has filed a lawsuit against JCPS claiming officials could have prevented her daughter from being attacked by a known bully. 

Indiana Senate passes bill for replacement of I-STEP exam

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The new test called "ILEARN" would be in place by 2019.

IMAGES | Thousands honor, pay tribute to fallen Louisville Metro Police Officer Nick Rodman Video included

Graveside service for fallen LMPD officer Nick Rodman (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) Graveside service for fallen LMPD officer Nick Rodman (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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He was a man who cherished his family, had an enormous number of friends and passionately served the Louisville community as a peacekeeper for just over three years. On Tuesday, thousands of people paid tribute to fallen LMPD Officer Nick Rodman. 

SUNDAY EDITION | Who will teach in Kentucky's charter schools? Video included

A Norton Commons Elementary School teaches in her classroom on March 20, 2017. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) A Norton Commons Elementary School teaches in her classroom on March 20, 2017. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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Who will teach in Kentucky’s charter schools, and will those teachers have the same level of experience and qualifications as those in traditional public schools?

It's official: Valley High exits priority school status after seven years Video included

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Valley High School has officially shed its status as being one of the lowest performing schools in the state.

Holy Cross High School remembers fallen LMPD officer Nick Rodman Video included

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"You could always depend on Nick. He had great potential. I always knew that he would do something wonderful with his life. We have lost a great man."

Bill creating ISTEP test replacement one step closer to law Video included

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The proposed bill would set parameters for the new state test, called I-Learn. 

University of Louisville Foundation scraps extra pay given to top administrators Video included

U of L Foundation board, March 28, 2017 U of L Foundation board, March 28, 2017
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The University of Louisville Foundation will no longer supplement the salaries of administrators at the school with “deferred compensation” payments that have already cost the nonprofit organization over $20 million. 

Facing 'run on the bank,' University of Louisville Foundation used Owsley Brown Frazier gift to pay administrators Video included

The late Owsley Brown Frazier, left, announced a $25 million gift to the University of Louisville in 2011. Frazier said former U of L President James Ramsey, right, could decide how to spend the money. (U of L photo) The late Owsley Brown Frazier, left, announced a $25 million gift to the University of Louisville in 2011. Frazier said former U of L President James Ramsey, right, could decide how to spend the money. (U of L photo)
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Just before Christmas in 2011, then-University of Louisville President James Ramsey held a press conference to announce the largest individual gift in the school’s history -- a $25 million pledge from the late philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier. About $7 million ended up being used by the school's foundation for extra administrator compensation. 

Registration underway for JCPS spring break camps

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Students in Jefferson County Public Schools can learn new skills -- and have a lot of fun at the same time -- during spring break.

duPont Manual debate team headed to 'Elite 8' of international competition in NYC Video included

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A group of local high school students argued their way into an all-expense paid trip to New York City.

Kentucky State Faculty votes it has no confidence in Board of Regents Video included

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The Kentucky State University faculty has voted and said they have no confidence in the current Board of Regents for the college. 

More than $250 million in construction underway at U of L Video included

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More than a quarter-billion dollars of construction is happening at the University of Louisville.

Kentucky Education Commissioner says charter schools likely won't open until 2018-19 school year Video included

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The state has a long and tedious process ahead of it to develop regulations before charter schools can open. 

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signs charter schools bill Video included

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The signing came on Tuesday, less than a week after the Kentucky Senate and House passed the revised bill.

Hargens: Outside firm made $40 million mistake in JCPS salary study Video included

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens (WDRB News file photo) JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens (WDRB News file photo)
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Information gathered by the outside firm hired by JCPS to conduct a comprehensive salary study was seriously flawed and resulted in a $40 million error, Superintendent Donna Hargens told the school board Tuesday.

State reverses substantiated child abuse against JCPS assistant principal Video included

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An assistant principal in JCPS who initially had a report of child abuse substantiated against him by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in August 2013 recently had that decision reversed by the state.

Clarksville Community Schools names new superintendent Video included

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Clarksville Community Schools named Tina Bennett its new superintendent Tuesday with a unanimous vote from the school board.

JCPS board approves Class of 2017 high school graduation schedule Video included

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Seniors in Jefferson County Public Schools will graduate over a three-day period at the end of May, according to a proposal approved by the school board on Tuesday. 

Volunteers donate hundreds of books to students at local elementary school Video included

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Volunteers from KPMG, a tax and audit company, and Metro Louisville United Way handed out new books this morning at Rutherford Elementary.

Heated discussion at U of L forum focused on money issues Video included

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A forum to discuss budget concerns and changes at the University of Louisville turned confrontational Monday, when administrators and educators balked at the possibility of having to give up money they raised on their own.

JCPS' Brown School seeks official 'J. Graham Brown School' name

The Brown School (Photo by Neil Johnson, WDRB News) The Brown School (Photo by Neil Johnson, WDRB News)
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Until recently, the school's leaders and alumni were under the impression that J. Graham Brown School was the official name of their school. They will ask the JCPS board to fix the oversight at a meeting next week.

Deadline for Indiana college students to apply for financial aid extended

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education extended the deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- or FAFSA -- to April 15.

University of Louisville trustees chairman: no more 'double dipping' for administrators with foundation paychecks

J. David Grissom, chairman of U of L board of trustees J. David Grissom, chairman of U of L board of trustees
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University of Louisville administrators will no longer receive extra paychecks from the university’s nonprofit foundation, according to the new chairman of U of L’s board of trustees. In an interview, trustees Chairman J. David Grissom repudiated a program under which the foundation doled out over $20 million in “deferred compensation."

Uncertainty follows passage of charter schools bill Video included

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Supporters and opponents evaluating what happens next

Fern Creek High defeats Hopkinsville, earns trip to Sweet 16 quarterfinals Video included

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Fern Creek defeated Hopkinsville 81-64 in the first round of the Boys Sweet 16 tournament on Thursday and will head to the quarterfinals on Friday. 

LMPD investigating alleged sexual assault at Academy @ Shawnee

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The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating an alleged sexual assault involving students that occurred at the Academy @ Shawnee.

JCPS school board set to approve Class of 2017 graduation dates

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JCPS seniors would graduate over a three-day period at the end of May, according to a proposal that will be up for school board approval next week. 

Lawsuit: Former JCPS elementary school teacher fractured child's wrist

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A former third grade teacher at Cane Run Elementary School allegedly fractured a child's wrist, causing a significant injury, according to a lawsuit filed in Jefferson Circuit Court on Tuesday. 

Revised version of charter schools bill passes Kentucky House and Senate Video included

The Kentucky Senate approved a revised charter schools bill on Wednesday. The Kentucky Senate approved a revised charter schools bill on Wednesday.
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An amended version of House Bill 520 passed the Kentucky Senate on Wednesday. If the bill becomes law, Kentucky would become the 44th state nationally to allow public charter schools

Fern Creek High School basketball team gets sendoff as players head to Sweet 16 Video included

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The boys' team recently won its first regional basketball title since the school opened 94 years ago.

University of Louisville leaders want president who acts with "transparency"

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University of Louisville leaders are looking for the school’s president to be someone skilled in managing a $1 billion enterprise with “transparency;” someone with political savvy and good listening skills, as well as someone with “wisdom and judgment.”

Controversial neighborhood schools bill appears to be dead this legislative session Video included

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A top Senate Republican suggested Tuesday that the “neighborhood schools” bill that had moved quickly through the Kentucky state legislature appears to be dead this session. 

Attorney: University of Louisville Foundation pay deals tracked separately for 'obfuscation'

University of Louisville Foundation attorney David Saffer during a September 2016 meeting of the board University of Louisville Foundation attorney David Saffer during a September 2016 meeting of the board
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The longtime attorney for the University of Louisville Foundation told board members Tuesday that the foundation had separate accounting to intentionally conceal a program under which it has paid over $20 million in extra compensation university administrators. “If you want my honest opinion, I believe it was done for obfuscation purposes, clearly,” attorney David Saffer told the foundation board.

Hardin County students mourn loss of first grade teacher after crash

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Local first graders were learning to cope with grief Tuesday morning, after they were told they would never see their teacher again.

JCPS sends 'star student' letters, stickers home to parents

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More than 88,000 letters and stickers are being sent home to the parents of JCPS students this week recognizing them for having good behavior, attendance and grades.

JCPS officials argue for stronger legislation for charter schools Video included

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JCPS officials joined Democratic lawmakers Tuesday in an effort to make sure charter schools benefit both students and taxpayers.

Kentucky State University names new president after controversial search Video included

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The Board of Regents at Kentucky State University has chosen a new president after a contentious battle over the search process.

Boys and Girls Club partnering with JCPS for free after-school program at Frost-Stuart middle school Video included

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JCPS and Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana have formed a new new partnership for at-risk youth, hoping to create a safe environment for young kids.

Fate of both charter and neighborhood schools bills still uncertain Video included

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Lawmakers are working behind the scenes to craft compromises.

Regents to discuss three finalists for Kentucky State University president

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It's a search that has been marred by controversy.

VIDEO | Incident on JCPS bus leads to resignation of bus monitor charged with child abuse Video included

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WDRB News has obtained video of an incident that led to a Jefferson County Public Schools bus monitor being charged and resigning from her job.

Ky. lawmakers to encourage public schools to begin school year in late August

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Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Damon Thayer said schools starting later in the year would help the state's tourism industry.

House panel approves new way of funding Kentucky universities and colleges Video included

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Senate Bill 153 would fund universities based on performance.

Bratcher: Neighborhood schools bill pared down to elementary schools Video included

Rep. Kevin Bratcher, center, is the sponsor of the neighborhood schools bill. Rep. Kevin Bratcher, center, is the sponsor of the neighborhood schools bill.
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The controversial neighborhood schools bill has been revised to affect only elementary schools, according to its primary sponsor, Rep. Kevin Bratcher of Fern Creek. Bratcher confirmed the change in a brief phone call Monday. 

Opponents of neighborhood schools bill call it 'shortcut to nowhere'

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Opponents of House Bill 151, including students from Atherton High School, packed a Capitol conference room Monday, led by Democratic State Senator Gerald Neal.

Indiana bill would increase spending limits for school systems Video included

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A bill making its way through the Indiana legislature would increase borrowing limits for school systems.

JCPS bus driver fired for failing to intervene in alleged student sexual assault gets her job back Video included

A JCPS school bus on the road in 2016. (WDRB News file photo) A JCPS school bus on the road in 2016. (WDRB News file photo)
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A JCPS bus driver who was indefinitely suspended and later terminated for failing to recognize and intervene after a student with special needs was sexually assaulted by another student on a school bus will return to her job.

Judge orders former JCPS bus monitor to have no contact with children Video included

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Ramona Pait, 60, pleaded not guilty to an assault, child abuse charge in court Monday morning.

Kentucky Democratic lawmakers to speak against neighborhood schools bill

The Kentucky State Capitol building (WDRB News file photo) The Kentucky State Capitol building (WDRB News file photo)
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Sen. Gerald Neal and other Kentucky lawmakers will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Monday to voice opposition to the neighborhood schools bill that is making its way through the state legislature. 

State audits: Maupin, Wellington elementary principals allowed to stay and oversee turnaround efforts Video included

Results of state audits conducted at Maupin and Wellington elementary schools were released on Friday. (WDRB News file photo) Results of state audits conducted at Maupin and Wellington elementary schools were released on Friday. (WDRB News file photo)
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The principals at Maupin and Wellington elementary schools will be allowed to stay and oversee turnaround efforts at the low-performing schools, according to state diagnostic reviews released Friday.

Kentucky House passes charter schools bill Video included

The Kentucky House of Representatives debated House Bill 520 on charter schools for more than two hours on Friday. (Photo by Lawrence Smith, WDRB News) The Kentucky House of Representatives debated House Bill 520 on charter schools for more than two hours on Friday. (Photo by Lawrence Smith, WDRB News)
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After hours of debate, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday to allow charter schools in the state. It now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it could be discussed and passed as early as next week. 

University of Louisville cuts president's office staff, administrative posts Video included

Dr. Gregory Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville Dr. Gregory Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville
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Seven staff members in the University of Louisville president’s office were told they’d be laid off on Tuesday – one of a number of ways the university is trimming expenses as it expects to face a $48 million shortfall in the fiscal year that begins July 1. 

JCPS school board unanimously votes to oppose neighborhood schools bill Video included

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JCPS school board members made it publicly known that they oppose House Bill 151, also known as the neighborhood schools bill.

Valley High moves one step closer to shedding 'priority school' designation Video included

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Valley High may soon be able to shed its label as being one of the lowest performing schools in Kentucky, as state committee agreed on Tuesday with an appeal the school filed last fall. 

JCPS School Board to hold special meeting over opposition to neighborhood schools bill

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With a few exceptions, the bill gives parents a right to send their children to the school nearest their home, or to the next-closest school if there are capacity problems.

Pekin swells with pride after Eastern High School girls basketball team wins state championship

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A high school girls basketball team from Pekin, Indiana, has etched its place in history -- and the state championship came at a time when the community needs good news.  

Kentucky School Boards Association voices opposition to neighborhood schools bill Video included

Dismissal time at Dunn Elementary School on the first day of school - Aug. 10, 2016. (WDRB News file photo) Dismissal time at Dunn Elementary School on the first day of school - Aug. 10, 2016. (WDRB News file photo)
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The school superintendents in Bullitt and Oldham counties said Monday they are also in opposition to House Bill 151.

SUNDAY EDITION | For JCPS, 'neighborhood schools' bill would force big changes, unforeseen consequences Video included

Students take a test during a math class at Atherton High School on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) Students take a test during a math class at Atherton High School on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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Under the bill, some JCPS schools would be swamped with kids based on proximity, while others – even in highly developed areas – might be candidates for closure or wholesale reinvention because they would have a tiny number of kids to place, according to a district analysis. 

Students attend JCPS Idea Festival at Spalding University Video included

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More than 600 students from JCPS and area private schools took part in the fifth annual JCPS Idea Festival Friday at Spalding University. 

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