Category Archives: education

Low-income no excuse for JCPS, says academic panel

In the midst of a robust debate about the future of Jefferson County Public Schools, the leader of a non-partisan education advocacy group says Louisville’s public education system cannot blame extreme poverty and racial diversity for its failing schools. In an editorial published by Insider Louisville, Cindy Heine, interim director of the Prichard Committee for […]

Neighborhood schools bill passes committee

A controversial bill that would dismantle the Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment passed in committee Thursday, and could be approved by the full state Senate as early as Friday. The measure easily cleared the Senate Education Committee by an 8-5 vote, with all Democratic members voting against it. The legislation was  introduced by state […]

Berman is out

After an almost three hour closed door meeting, the Jefferson County Board of Education voted 5-2 to replace Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman. The board called the special meeting to evaluate Berman’s job performance and to decide whether or not to renew his contract, which expires at the end of June 2011. Those voting against renewing […]

Forum to discuss African-American goals in degrees initiative

A panel of civil rights and community leaders will host a forum to discuss how Louisville’s African-American community factors into the city’s 55,000 Degrees initiative. Later today the Urban Upgrade Educational forum will convene at St. Stephen Church to address the widening achievement gap and lack of educational attainment in the black community in relation […]

Mis-education nation

The news that six Jefferson County high schools were among the 10 lowest-performing public schools in Kentucky is bound to ignite the usual back and forth debate about academic achievement, standardized testing and teacher performance. When the state’s Department of Education has announced that the schools will face an audit that could result in major […]

Teachers endorse Fischer

With the November election less than five weeks away, Louisville’s teachers have endorsed Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer, citing his vision to help improve public education. The Jefferson County Teachers Association, which represents 6,000 teachers, librarians, speech clinicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists, said the Louisville businessman has the insight to move the city forward. […]

KY Youth Advocates releases 2010 County Data Book

Earlier today, Kentucky Youth Advocates released their 20th annual “Kids Count” County Data Book. This year, the report, which measures and tracks the socioeconomic well-being of children across Kentucky’s 120 counties, factors in the impact of the economic recession. As you can probably imagine, the results aren’t pretty.

Allen unveils education plan

Democratic mayoral candidate Tyler Allen unveiled his education plan Thursday, which the campaign says will improve the city’s workforce. Similar to Metro Councilman David Tandy D-4, who unveiled his education plan earlier this week, Allen wants to put an emphasis on education as an economic engine that will make the city more competitive. “Being known […]

Tandy waves education flag

Democratic mayoral candidate and Metro Councilman David Tandy, D-4, unveiled his education plan yesterday at the Newburg Community Center, the west Louisville Democrat says will provide the necessary tools for every child to learn in a safe and supportive environment. “I envision a Louisville where the community works together to ensure that primary school students […]

Spalding announces new president

Spalding University announced today that Tori Murden McClure will become the university’s next president effective July 1, 2010. The university’s board of trustees selected McClure, author of ‘Pearl in the Storm’, who is known as the first woman to row solo across the mid-Atlantic Ocean, after an extensive six-month search of candidates from across the […]