SUNDAY EDITION | Past school takeovers yield mixed results
SUNDAY EDITION | Past school takeovers yield mixed results

Completely taking over struggling schools and districts is relatively new, beginning in the 1980s. Researchers who spoke with WDRB say the relatively novelty of the practice means research on the effectiveness of takeovers is scarce.

Fired Shawnee athletic director may face charges
Fired Shawnee athletic director may face charges

A district investigator found Vinegar “in clear violation” of a law against abusing a public trust and said in a March 5 memo that he might have committed a class D felony in his misappropriation of athletics funds.

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Family of teen who died after exiting moving JCPS bus files lawsuit
Family of teen who died after exiting moving JCPS bus files lawsuit

Dylan Hill died July 31 after he somehow got out of a moving bus on Westport Road.

June 27th, 3:41 pm by Kevin Wheatley
JCPS contract with teachers' union may expire before new deal reached
JCPS contract with teachers' union may expire before new deal reached

Between rounds of negotiations Wednesday, JCTA President Brent McKim said that the district and the union have reached tentative agreements on more than half of the contract's articles, but he was unsure whether a new deal would be reached by Saturday.

June 27th, 1:55 pm by Kevin Wheatley
Solid marks for JCPS superintendent in first evaluation
Solid marks for JCPS superintendent in first evaluation

The Jefferson County Board of Education released its critique of Pollio's job performance during Tuesday's school board meeting, giving him an overall evaluation of "accomplished."

June 26th, 10:14 pm by Kevin Wheatley
Parents claim JCPS early childhood teacher verbally abused students, staff in lawsuit
Parents claim JCPS early childhood teacher verbally abused students, staff in lawsuit

The suit claims the then-4-year-old girl loved school, but her parents noted “a drastic change” in her behavior as the year progressed.

June 19th, 12:45 pm by Kevin Wheatley
NEW: Meeting held between interim education commissioner, JCTA president shortly before JCPS takeover recommendation
NEW: Meeting held between interim education commissioner, JCTA president shortly before JCPS takeover recommendation

Rich Gimmel’s request for a face-to-face meeting between Wayne Lewis and Brent McKim came at the same time that the interim education commissioner warned another member of the Kentucky Board of Education from showing up during his JCPS visit.

June 14th, 4:13 pm by Kevin Wheatley
Analysis of contract between JCPS, teachers' union expected in coming weeks
Analysis of contract between JCPS, teachers' union expected in coming weeks

Examining the agreement between JCPS and the Jefferson County Teachers Association, which expires June 30, had delayed the release of KDE’s audit of the state’s largest school district.

June 13th, 4:42 pm by Kevin Wheatley
Group criticizes JCPS for Head Start problems in radio ad
Group criticizes JCPS for Head Start problems in radio ad

Kentuckians for Progress, a 501(c)(4) with Louisville commercial real estate developer David Nicklies as its president, spent $4,920 for 41 spots to air on WGBZ-FM through June 27, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission.

June 12th, 5:56 pm by Kevin Wheatley
School resource officers, locked doors help prevent school shootings, Ky. experts say
School resource officers, locked doors help prevent school shootings, Ky. experts say

Experts who testified said that school officials should ensure entryways are secure at every building and invest in resource officers who are trained to handle threats of gun violence.

June 11th, 4:35 pm by Kevin Wheatley
Both sides in JCPS takeover debate make their cases to state education board
Both sides in JCPS takeover debate make their cases to state education board

The debate surrounding a possible state takeover at JCPS, which came at the culmination of a 14-month audit, has only intensified as the state education board prepares for the district’s unscheduled appeal hearing.

June 6th, 3:27 pm by Kevin Wheatley
Kentucky education board meeting for first time since JCPS board's takeover appeal
Kentucky education board meeting for first time since JCPS board's takeover appeal

Still unclear is exactly when that hearing will take place. The state education board must give at least a 20-day notice before the hearing date.

June 5th, 4:10 pm by Kevin Wheatley
Education advocates alarmed that abuse and neglect persist in JCPS Head Start
Education advocates alarmed that abuse and neglect persist in JCPS Head Start

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services detailed 21 incidents in which Early Head Start and Head Start staff were observed abusing students or leaving them unattended during the 2017-18 school year.

June 4th, 4:07 pm by Kevin Wheatley
JCPS Head Start abuse, neglect issues not fixed, federal report says
JCPS Head Start abuse, neglect issues not fixed, federal report says

In a letter Thursday to the Jefferson County Board of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found 17 additional allegations of student abuse and four more reports of children being left unattended.

June 2nd, 4:21 pm by Kevin Wheatley
Regional Head Start provider may seek $15M grant given up by JCPS
Regional Head Start provider may seek $15M grant given up by JCPS

OVEC Chief Executive Officer Leon Mooneyhan told WDRB News on Friday that his group is keeping close tabs on what will happen with the Head Start grant.

June 1st, 5:30 pm by Kevin Wheatley
Changes ahead for some JCPS programs in 2018-19 school year
Changes ahead for some JCPS programs in 2018-19 school year

The ESL Newcomer Academy consolidation is just one change ahead for JCPS in 2018-19.

May 31st, 4:08 pm by Kevin Wheatley

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