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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.

FULL INTERVIEW: JCPS interim superintendent stops by WDRB in the Morning Video included

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Wednesday May 24 is the last day of school for thousands of JCPS students. When they return to school in August, they will notice a few changes.

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.”

U of L River City Rocketry Team wins NASA challenge Video included

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U of L's River City Rocketry team won first place in NASA's Student Launch competition. But a mishap a week before the challenge almost derailed the team.

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

Dr. Gregory Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville Dr. Gregory Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville
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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.

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

Students at Bloom Elementary School get lunch on the first day of the 2016-17 school year. (WDRB file photo) Students at Bloom Elementary School get lunch on the first day of the 2016-17 school year. (WDRB file photo)
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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

Screenshot of a scene from Netflix's fictional series "13 Reasons Why" (Courtesy: Netflix) Screenshot of a scene from Netflix's fictional series "13 Reasons Why" (Courtesy: Netflix)
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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

University of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David Grissom University of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David Grissom
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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

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens will step down from her job on July 1, 2017 JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens will step down from her job on July 1, 2017
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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?

Reaction pours in after JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens announces resignation

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Public officials are sounding off after an announcement Thursday that Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens will resign effective June 1.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens to resign effective July 1 Video included

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens (WDRB News file photo) JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens (WDRB News file photo)
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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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. 

14 Louisville students earned perfect ACT scores at duPont Manual High School Video included

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Long nights, early mornings and endless hours of homework have all paid off for a group of kids at duPont Manual High School.

Kentucky House passes neighborhood schools bill that would shake up JCPS Video included

The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that calls for neighborhood schools. The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that calls for neighborhood schools.
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The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that calls for neighborhood schools and would force major changes as to how JCPS assigns its students. The bill now moves on to the Senate.

Norton Elementary students raising funds for new Zachary Taylor Elementary playground Video included

Students at Norton Elementary School are donated extra coins to help their neighbors at Zachary Taylor Elementary School. Students at Norton Elementary School are donated extra coins to help their neighbors at Zachary Taylor Elementary School.
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There's an old-fashioned coin war taking place at Norton Elementary School this week -- and the money being raised will go to help another school three miles down the road.

Kentucky State Board of Regents faces criticism in search for new president Video included

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In a special-called meeting of the Kentucky State University Board of Regents on Wednesday, some members questioned the process by which the finalists for president position were chosen.

Study shows Kentucky students' troubling transcripts point to possible 'grade inflation'

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Students who got A's on their report cards failed standardized tests in alarming numbers. 

Bellarmine University hosts president-designate Dr. Susan Donovan Video included

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She comes from Maryland's Loyola University where she's been worked for the past 32 years.

JCPS fires bus driver for failing to report alleged sexual assault

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Jefferson County Public Schools has fired a bus driver after he failed to report an alleged sexual assault that took place on his bus last month.

Gov. Bevin backs bill to authorize charter schools in Kentucky Video included

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A bill to authorize charter schools in Kentucky has the full support of Gov. Matt Bevin. 

Dozens call for JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens to resign Video included

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Dozens of parents, teachers and community members rallied before Tuesday night's school board meeting, calling for JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens to resign. 

Goshen principal inspires students as he chases rare marathon feat Video included

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This weekend, a local principal aims to write his name in the record books as he trains for a challenge few men have conquered. 

Dr. Susan M. Donovan named fourth president of Bellarmine University Video included

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She is coming to the school after spending 32 years working at Loyola University Maryland.

Indiana House approves ISTEP replacement for 2018-19 Video included

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The Indiana House approved a bill to replace the ISTEP exam by the 2018-19 school year.

Kentucky State faculty senate moves forward with no-confidence vote on school's Board of Regents Video included

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The faculty senate at Kentucky State University voted Monday to take a no-confidence vote on the Board of Regents.

GE Appliances provides $65,000 grant to build bridge between JCPS students and workforce Video included

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According to a news release, the grant will be used to support a project manager who will accelerate JCPS' Talent Development Academy initiative.

Kentucky bill would require elementary students to learn cursive Video included

A Wilder Elementary School student works on handwriting (WDRB file photo) A Wilder Elementary School student works on handwriting (WDRB file photo)
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A Kentucky lawmaker has filed a bill that would require cursive writing to be taught in elementary schools and for students to be proficient in it by the time they enter middle school.

U of L Foundation racks up over $20 million in extra pay for administrators

Former U of L President James Ramsey Former U of L President James Ramsey
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Last August, one month before he resigned as president of the University of Louisville Foundation, James Ramsey filled out a one-page form, and the foundation cut him a check for $3,546,056. 

Hargens: Neighborhood schools bill would cause JCPS student achievement to decrease

Superintendent Donna Hargens testifies against House Bill 151 on Thursday. (WDRB News photo) Superintendent Donna Hargens testifies against House Bill 151 on Thursday. (WDRB News photo)
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JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens says if the neighborhood schools bill becomes law, achievement gaps based on race and income will widen, the number of priority schools will increase and the overall level of student achievement will decrease.

Revised neighborhood schools bill would 'shake up' JCPS student assignment plan Video included

A parent waits for her children to get off the school bus in the Portland neighborhood. A parent waits for her children to get off the school bus in the Portland neighborhood.
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The newest version of a Louisville lawmaker's bill calling for neighborhood schools passed the House education committee in Frankfort on Thursday. 

Innovative Sudbury School looking for new location Video included

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The school was originally slated to be located in the $2.5 million Stonecote estate at 1005 Alta Vista Road near Cherokee Park,

U of L history professor warns against dismantling JCPS student assignment plan Video included

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So how did we get to the point where thousands of kids are being bused across Jefferson County every day?

Using foundation, Ramsey quietly gave Jurich extra $6 million incentive pay Video included

Former U of L President James Ramsey, right, and athletics director Tom Jurich in February 2016 (AP photo). Former U of L President James Ramsey, right, and athletics director Tom Jurich in February 2016 (AP photo).
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If University of Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich stays on the job another ten years, the university’s athletics association will owe him an additional $6 million – and likely much more – thanks to a benefit that former U of L President James Ramsey quietly gave Jurich in 2014 without the approval of the university athletics or foundation boards.

Bill would require Kentucky high school students to pass citizenship test in order to graduate

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A Kentucky lawmaker has filed a bill that would require all public high school students to pass a civics test in order to receive a regular diploma, effective July 1, 2018.

Tempers flare over search for Kentucky State University president

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The faculty senate of Kentucky State University is considering a no-confidence vote of the school’s Board of Regents.

State-ordered JCPS management review prompts some to call for removal of Donna Hargens Video included

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens talks to the media on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 (WDRB file photo) JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens talks to the media on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 (WDRB file photo)
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It is difficult -- and very rare -- for a school superintendent's contract to be terminated in Kentucky. 

JCPS central office building gets new sign

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Those visiting JCPS central office in the past few weeks may have noticed a new sign in front of the district's main administrative building on Newburg Road. It replaces the old sign, which had been broken for years.

Board members and parents express concerns with JCPS leadership after state audit ordered Video included

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Kentucky's education chief is going after JCPS leadership, calling for an "unprecedented" audit of the school system.

Kentucky education chief orders 'unprecedented' management audit of JCPS Video included

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State education officials will perform an "unprecedented" audit of Jefferson County Public Schools – one that could lead to a state takeover of the district.

U of L's search for a new president could last more than a year Video included

President Dr. Gregory Postel President Dr. Gregory Postel
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The University of Louisville could be without a permanent leader for at least another year and a half.

U of L not expected to choose new president anytime soon

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It might be another year-and-a-half before the University of Louisville has a new permanent president, and that's not the only issue facing the university in coming months. 

Kentucky Senate passes bill to allow religion in schools Video included

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The bill will now move to the House for approval.

JCPS says special-needs classrooms at the Phoenix School will remain

The Phoenix School of Discovery (WDRB News file photo) The Phoenix School of Discovery (WDRB News file photo)
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Approximately two dozen special-needs students assigned to the Phoenix School of Discovery will be allowed to stay at the school this fall and not be moved elsewhere, according to a letter sent home Friday.

'Not a disaster': JCPS teachers invite Gov. Matt Bevin to visit their classrooms Video included

Travis Burden teaches a social studies class at Fairdale High School on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2016 (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) Travis Burden teaches a social studies class at Fairdale High School on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2016 (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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"Not a disaster." Those are the words of JCPS educators who turned to social media to describe their classrooms and extend an invitation for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to visit. 

U of L Signature Partnership seeking public input on how to improve west Louisville Video included

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The University of Louisville Signature Partnership initiative is celebrating ten years of supporting education, health, business, and safety projects in West Louisville.

Bill would require college freshmen to document vaccinations

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A House panel has advanced a bill that would require incoming college freshmen to document they have been vaccinated.

Proposed legislation would allow Kentucky students to take part in religious activities at public schools

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The bill also would allow public school teachers to use the Bible to teach about the history of religion and its role in the U.S.

Panel OKs bill promoting religious expression in schools

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A Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow students to take part in religious activities at Kentucky's public schools.

Louisville business owners donate tablets to class of Central High sophomores Video included

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A local business owner was so impressed by her visit with a group of sophomores at Central High last week that she returned Thursday with a big surprise -- Amazon Fire e-books for each student.

Madison school board members uphold vote to transfer popular principal in heated meeting Video included

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It's been a volatile month for the Madison Consolidated School system.

Parents of JCPS special-needs students concerned about relocation Video included

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Parents of more than two dozen special-needs students in the JCPS school district met Wednesday night regarding a letter some parents received while others did not.

Southern Indiana school closes for 2 days because of flu outbreak Video included

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A southern Indiana school will close for two days because of a spike in the number of children out for illness. 

AUDIO | Gov. Matt Bevin blasts JCPS, calls it 'absolute, unmitigated disaster' Video included

Gov. Matt Bevin (WDRB file photo) Gov. Matt Bevin (WDRB file photo)
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In a radio interview on Wednesday morning, Bevin called the state's largest school district a "disaster in terms of the educational results."

Mayor Greg Fischer pays property tax bill 5 weeks late Video included

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer paid the property taxes on his $1.6 million home in the Highlands five weeks late on Wednesday after WDRB alerted his office to the overdue bill. "This was an oversight and the mayor paid the bill today after it was brought to his attention," Chris Poynter, a spokesman for Fischer, said.

Records: Gov. Matt Bevin failed to pay 2016 taxes on Louisville home Video included

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Gov. Matt Bevin and his wife Glenna failed to pay the 2016 property taxes on their $700,000 house in the Cherokee Gardens neighborhood of Louisville, according to records from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The $9,157.05 bill was due Dec. 31 and remains unpaid as of Wednesday.

Kentucky lawmaker files bill allowing those with permits to carry guns on school campuses

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A Kentucky lawmaker filled a bill Tuesday that would allow those with valid concealed deadly weapons licenses or temporary permits to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

JCPS school board enacts 'safe haven' proposal to protect immigrant students Video included

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The JCPS school board voted Tuesday to approve a resolution that protects immigrant students from being unlawfully threatened or questioned by federal immigration officials.

NBA-TV to shine spotlight on Simmons College of Kentucky basketball Video included

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On Tuesday night, the NBA will shine a light on Louisville, covering a college basketball program where the coach bluntly tells his players they're not going to the league. 

Six newcomers to fill seats on University of Louisville Foundation board

University of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David Grissom University of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David Grissom
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Six Louisville-area business people and financial professionals are set to join the board of directors of the University of Louisville Foundation as the organization continues efforts to clean up its finances and operations.

UPDATE: Senate confirms Betsy DeVos as education secretary; Pence breaks tie

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The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. 

Bellarmine University decides against becoming 'sanctuary campus' Video included

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Bellarmine's Board of Trustees says the school will not become a "sanctuary campus" after a faculty-sponsored petition was circulated to make the school a "safe space" for immigrants and refugees.

Resolution seeks to make JCPS 'safe haven' for undocumented students Video included

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The JCPS school board will be asked to pass a resolution on Tuesday promising to protect undocumented students from being unlawfully threatened or questioned by federal immigration officials.

Top education official pushes for open enrollment in Kentucky school districts Video included

Hal Heiner visited Maupin Elementary School in JCPS on Dec. 5, 2016 (WDRB file photo) Hal Heiner visited Maupin Elementary School in JCPS on Dec. 5, 2016 (WDRB file photo)
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Kentucky public school students should be allowed to attend school in districts other than the ones in which they live, according to one of the state's top education officials.

Chinese New Year celebration at Field Elementary with food, dance Video included

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Field Elementary School will be celebrating the year of the Rooster on Friday, February 10th.

Panel backs bill for appointing Indiana's state school chief

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The Indiana state schools superintendent would no longer be an elected position under a change being considered by lawmakers.

University of Louisville faces new accreditation problems related to nonprofit foundation

University of Louisville Belknap Campus University of Louisville Belknap Campus
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Already on probation with its accrediting agency, the University of Louisville now faces additional accreditation problems related to financial issues associated with its nonprofit foundation. 

Ex-Indiana schools chief Bennett ineligible for county seat Video included

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Former state schools superintendent Tony Bennett can't fill a vacant Clark County Council seat because he hasn't lived there long enough.

Four longtime University of Louisville Foundation board members resign

Margaret Handmaker, left, was among the directors who resigned from the U of L Foundation board. She is shown here with former foundation director Junior Bridgeman at a meeting July 10, 2015. (image from foundation video) Margaret Handmaker, left, was among the directors who resigned from the U of L Foundation board. She is shown here with former foundation director Junior Bridgeman at a meeting July 10, 2015. (image from foundation video)
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Four longtime board members of the University of Louisville Foundation resigned in recent days, the latest sign that the nonprofit organization is headed in a different direction after former president James Ramsey left last year. 

Smyrna Elementary seeks to drop 'Traditional' from its name

Smyrna Elementary (JCPS photo) Smyrna Elementary (JCPS photo)
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Smyrna Elementary School is seeking to drop the word "Traditional" from its name, according to a proposal that will be considered by the JCPS school board on Tuesday.

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