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1 person dead, 'multiple' wounded after school shooting in Marshall County, Ky.

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According to the Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's office, the shooting took place at Marshall County High School.

Borden exploring idea of joining East Washington School Corporation Video included

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After a failed referendum, schools in West Clark are looking into splitting up.

Google program gives Elizabethtown High students flexibility with classwork Video included

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EHS rolled out the program Jan. 11, and students use Google Chromebooks to keep up with their schoolwork. Teachers can load assignments, reading materials and class notes to Google Classroom, a free cloud-based system that also allows students to turn in their work digitally.

JCPS, school board working on charter school policies Video included

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The school board met for its quarterly retreat Friday at Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, and Cassie Blausey, Jefferson County Public Schools’ director of school choice, said the district is on a strict timeline to put together its plan to solicit and evaluate applications for public charter schools.

Consolidating teen parent program at JCPS could bring efficiencies and headaches Video included

Public hearing at South Park TAPP Public hearing at South Park TAPP
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JCPS leaders held a forum at the South Park TAPP on Thursday and laid out their draft proposal to consolidate the program at that location as part of a broader facilities plan for the district.

Kentucky lawmaker wants to add 3 cents to gas tax for new school buses

Rep. Kelly Flood Rep. Kelly Flood
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State Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, said House Bill 211 is expected to generate $90 million each year.

JCPS says slick secondary roads were the main reason for snow days Video included

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Louisville's highways and primary roads were in good shape by Wednesday morning, but JCPS still used a snow day.

School administrators worried about K-12 cuts in Gov. Bevin's proposed budget Video included

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Under Bevin’s proposal, per-student funding for the state’s public school districts will remain $3,981 in fiscal years 2019 and 2020.

JCPS schedules forums, releases survey on superintendent selection

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The Jefferson County Board of Education named acting Superintendent Marty Pollio and Chief Operations Officer Mike Raisor as the two finalists for the district’s top job, and the public will have four chances to ask them questions in the coming days.

Gov. Bevin proclaims next week Kentucky School Choice Week with tax credits on horizon

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Tuesday’s proclamation comes with the General Assembly poised to consider legislation that would allow donors to private scholarship-granting  groups to receive tax credits for their contributions. Scholarships awarded could only be used to send students to private schools, according to the bills.

SUNDAY EDITION | Difficult budget has some wary of K-12 cuts across Kentucky Video included

The Kentucky State Capitol building (WDRB News file photo) The Kentucky State Capitol building (WDRB News file photo)
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As the General Assembly starts work on the state’s two-year budget, educators and advocates are worried that basic education funding could finally be on the chopping block. Among other pressing issues, lawmakers need to come up with an extra $1.4 billion to pump into the state’s underfunded pension plans for government employees, and no one is sure where they will find the money.

Proposed bill that says abstinence must be taught in sex education class passes Senate Committee hearing Video included

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The bill still has a long road ahead in the political process.

Man hired to be University of Louisville's CFO declines the job

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Jonathan Pruitt informed the university that he decided not to take the job because of "family" reasons, according to U of L interim President Greg Postel,

JCPS schedules six public forums for facilities plan

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The proposal, drafted by acting JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio and discussed Monday during a meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Education’s Facilities Committee, would place the W.E.B. DuBois Academy at Gheens Academy during the 2018-19 school year once Gheens’ ESL Newcomer Academy is combined with three others at the Phoenix School of Discovery’s ESL Newcomer Academy.

3 Kentucky school districts cancel classes after widespread flu outbreak Video included

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Three Kentucky school districts have canceled classes because of a widespread flu outbreak. 

JCPS hopes increased wages will attract new bus drivers Video included

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The Jefferson County Public School Board voted Tuesday night to raise the starting wage for bus drivers by almost $4.

Mill Creek Elementary students learn how to tie a tie

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The 3rd through 5th grade boys say it was much more than learning a skill. 

Acting superintendent and COO finalists to be next JCPS superintendent Video included

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Nine applied for the job vacated by former Superintendent Donna Hargens after her July 1 resignation, and the board expects to decide on her replacement by March 1.

JCPS raises hourly pay for bus drivers in an attempt to attract new employees Video included

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JCPS bus drivers will be getting a pay raise of more than $3 per hour. 

IMAGES | Louisville Water Company officials teaching students proper hand-washing techniques Video included

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The Louisville Water Company headed out into the community Tuesday to teach hundreds of students how to properly wash their hands. 

Public hearing reviews proposed contract for New Albany-Floyd County Schools superintendent finalist Video included

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A familiar face is set to take over New Albany Floyd County Schools.

DuBois Academy would open on Male campus under JCPS facilities plan

JCPS facilities committee meeting JCPS facilities committee meeting
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The proposal calls for consolidations of the district’s English as a Second Language Newcomer Academy and Teenage Parent Program, or TAPP; relocations for a handful of smaller alternative schools and administrative services; and opening a pre-kindergarten center at the current TAPP building on Westport Road.

Screening committee developing questions for JCPS superintendent hopefuls

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The Jefferson County Board of Education’s Superintendent Screening Committee met for more than an hour, about half an hour of which was spent behind closed doors to again review applications from those hoping to be the next superintendent at JCPS.

South Oldham Middle School on a 'soft' lockdown following threat Video included

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The meaning of a "soft" lockdown, and how the threat was received by school officials. 

JCPS opens new satellite office in west Louisville Video included

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It gives parents and students another option to get JCPS services.

Elizabethtown Independent Schools on hold until next week after sub-zero temps damage buildings Video included

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The cleanup underway in three of the district's five schools damaged by burst pipes. 

Hundreds of Hardin County students move to new Cecilia Valley Elementary Video included

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The new $15.5 million state of the art facility replaces the aging Howevalley Elementary that was built in 1938. 

Bullitt County Public Schools names new elementary education director

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Hamilton, a retired principal at Nichols Elementary School, is a long-time educator who taught at Crossroads Elementary School, Mt. Washington Elementary School, Hebron Middle School, Lebanon Junction Elementary School and Mt. Washington Middle School, according to a press release from the district.

Metro Council member who avoided JCPS firing returns to work but not classroom

Vitalis Lanshima Vitalis Lanshima
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Vitalis Lanshima, who had taught special education at Ramsey Middle School, will work in the district’s English as a second language office and assist families as they transition to JCPS, according to district spokesman Daniel Kemp.

New Albany-Floyd County Schools names superintendent finalist Video included

Dr. Brad Snyder Dr. Brad Snyder
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New Albany-Floyd County Schools named a finalist for its next superintendent, and the man up for the job is no stranger to the district. 

School group wants districts to send workers to Capitol during session

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More than 50 gathered at the Capitol rotunda for a rally sponsored by Save Our Schools, which laid out its "3-4-5" proposal in hopes that school districts across the state will send employees to Frankfort as the General Assembly meets. 

JCPS students and staff prepare for return to school in frigid conditions Video included

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JCPS has firm plans in place to make sure buses make it bus stops on time.
 

Ky. Dept. of Education needs to cut $20.5M from budget Video included

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The Kentucky Department of Education will need to cut $20.5 million in spending under a budget reduction order issued by Gov. Matt Bevin's administration Thursday.

JCPS may get $7.8 million to restore cuts, provide music and art classes

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The Jefferson County Board of Education is considering a $7.8 million proposal that would restore cuts to per-pupil spending and add-on budgets throughout the district while also providing money so elementary schools can provide art and music programs.

Plan for new elementary school near jail in Jeffersonville sparks debate Video included

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A new elementary school planned near the Clark County Jail has some in Jeffersonville concerned.

Veteran journalist Kevin Wheatley joins WDRB News as education reporter

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Wheatley is a Kentucky native who brings eight years of reporting experience in his home state to WDRB.

JCPS considers policy changes following fight, arrests at Jeffersontown High School Video included

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Acting Superintendent Marty Pollio announced the findings of reports Thursday that focused on the incident at Jeffersontown High School and the school district's use of school resource officers.

Metro Council member Vitalis Lanshima reinstated as JCPS teacher Video included

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Lanshima is scheduled to return to his job as a special education teacher no later than Jan. 3 after he and the Jefferson County Board of Education reached a settlement agreement, according to a release from the Metro Council Democratic Caucus.

Greater Clark County Schools releases renderings of new elementary school in downtown Jeffersonville

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The so-called 21st century school will be located on East Court Street near the Clark County Courthouse and the Nachand Fieldhouse. 

Screening committee for next JCPS superintendent reviews applicants Video included

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Nine applicants are hoping to become the next JCPS superintendent, and the screening committee will start scheduling interviews during a meeting Jan. 8. 

$10,000 cap for state and local deductions in federal tax bill could limit school revenue growth

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Jason Bailey, executive director of the Kentucky Center on Economic Policy, says that's because property and other taxes, key funding components for Kentucky schools, are 100 percent deductible under the current federal tax code, making it easier for school districts and other governmental entities to increase tax rates for more funding if necessary.

Newly appointed Metro Council member Vitalis Lanshima says JCPS erred in firing him Video included

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Jefferson County Public Schools fired Lanshima as a teacher at Ramsey Middle School Oct. 24 amid allegations that he flipped a desk in his classroom, threatened to withhold lunch from his students and wrestled with one of his students.

After 80 years, Hardin County school prepares to shut its doors Video included

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Howevalley Elementary School will dismiss for the last time on Wednesday, bringing bittersweet moments for students and teachers.

Heaven Hill distillery donates $12,000 to Bardstown school district

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The money will be used for science, technology, engineering and math programs in 13 Nelson County elementary schools.

Fern Creek High students praised after refurbishing computers for refugees, public housing residents Video included

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The computers were refurbished by students taking classes in coding and students in the school's computer club.

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

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

University of Louisville officials still undecided on lawsuit over foundation mismanagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indiana approves new requirements for high school graduation Video included

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

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

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

IU Southeast adding new dorm on campus Video included

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Officials plan to begin construction in the Spring.

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

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

University of Louisville taken off probation with accrediting agency Video included

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

Interim JCPS superintendent Marty Pollio discusses school safety Video included

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

Cornell researchers to study tree pollution reduction in Ky.

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

Nine people apply for JCPS superintendent position

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

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

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

West Clark Community Schools' superintendent to resign Video included

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A district spokesperson confirmed the news on Wednesday afternoon.

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

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

JCPS board debates effectiveness of school resource officers Video included

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

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

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

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

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

Indiana schools facing possible per-student funding cut

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

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

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

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

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

JCPS opens satellite office in West Louisville Video included

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

Helping children make friends at school Video included

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

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

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

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

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

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

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He can do about 50 different tasks around the classroom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JCPS names acting principal for Jeffersontown High School

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services held for PRP High School English teacher Video included

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

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

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

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

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With fewer teachers, class sizes would also increase. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeffersontown High School principal requests 'voluntary demotion' Video included

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

JCPS Mobile Registration Bus to make 19 stops in 4 weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indiana University researchers examining potential non-addictive alternative to opioids

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Susan Donovan started on July 1.

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

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

Deal could prevent lawsuit between University of Louisville and its foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

University of Louisville skewers Tom Jurich in firing letter Video included

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

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

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

Survey: Indiana school districts seeing teacher shortages Video included

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

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

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

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

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

UK graduate donates more than $12 million to university

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

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

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

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

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

Ceremonial signing held in Frankfort for charter schools bill Video included

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Kentucky will be the 44th state with charter schools.

Record number of degrees conferred by Ky. universities, colleges

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

Jeffersonville elementary school teacher greets students with unique handshakes Video included

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

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