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4 incidents involving students, school employees under investigation at McCracken County High School

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's office four incidents involving students and faculty at the McCracken County High School are under investigation and two high school officials are accused of failing to report at least two of the incidents.

  Lawsuit alleges ‘unsafe and hostile environments’ at four JCPS schools

Telehealth technology connects elementary school students to doctors online

Students work together to take on community wide issues

School bus driver crashed into tree while under influence of drugs, NJ police say

JCPS superintendent reflects on year of progress and challenges, shares vision for future

1968 Grateful Dead show at Bellarmine seems much more interesting 50 years later

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  Bill introduced in KY House to tackle teacher pension crisis

100 men attend breakfast at high school to mentor students

JCPS may have to move on without LMPD’s school resource officers

Hardin Co. teacher uses corgis in classroom

TreesLouisville to plant 140 trees at Newburg Middle School

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

Rajon Rondo gifts new shoes to high achieving students at new JCPS school

A Louisville native turned NBA star gave an assist to some students at the W.E.B. DuBois Academy.

Waggener football coach fired for ‘inappropriate communications’ with female student

Jordan Johnson, the head football coach and social studies teacher, was fired Jan. 24.

One year after Parkland, local schools still focused on safety

School systems in Clark and Floyd counties have increased building security through upgrades to technology and updated safety procedures, and several have added extra school resource officers.

Central High School inducts Hon. Denise Clayton into its Hall of Fame

Judge Denise Clayton is the first African American to be chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the second highest court in the Commonwealth.

Teacher tells students MLK assassination was ‘complete fabrication,’ NC parent says

JCPS: Additional mental health support is a go, Gilmore Lane parents still fight, and more

Purse missing since 1950s found at site of old Indiana high school

Oldham County teacher accused of having sex with 15-year-old former student

UofL’s Optimal Aging Institute to be renamed after receiving major gift

Fairdale High students dismantle a trapped car

Kentucky teacher surprised with Milken Educator Award

A teacher was surprised with an award dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching” on Monday.

$4 million pledge to benefit Simmons College

Millions of dollars will go toward renovation and an endowment fund for a Louisville college.

Iroquois High makes ACT accessible for students with free food and transportation

Iroquois High School is removing barriers that might be in a student’s way when it comes to taking the ACT.

JCPS bus monitor accused of hitting child appears in court

Court documents said Daniel Barry, 68, slapped a 4-year-old who refused to sit down in her seat.

Celebrities, state leaders visit KY school for Black History Month

Students in Hardin County learned black history has been written, but it’s not done.

Charlestown schools help raise money to send SRO to D.C. to honor fallen Sgt. Ben Bertram

The small community and its schools are rallying behind their brothers in blue again.

JCPS bus monitor arrested, accused of hitting 4-year-old girl in face

Police were able to verify what happened through a surveillance video on the bus.

Social media post prompts extra patrols at 2 Greater Clark County Schools

A notice about the situation was sent to parents around 6:30 a.m.

Mandatory JCPS implicit bias training for teachers combats race issues

Fixing gaps in achievement and discipline between black and white students is a core goal of the JCPS racial equity plan.

Kenwood Elementary named 2019 state school of character

Kenwood Elementary is the only school in Kentucky to earn the distinction.

Indiana bill could halt plan for free college through Jeffersonville’s Promise

If the new bill is passed, it could threaten to derail a new program called Jeffersonville's Promise, which seeks to provide a free college education for Jeff High graduates.

JCPS announces new ways to report bullying

Two new ways to report bullying have been implemented by Jefferson County Public Schools.

Father sues bullies after son named ‘most likely to shoot up school’

Because of the rumor, allegedly spread by bullies, the boy was ostracized and ridiculed by his classmates and searched and interrogated by staff, according to the father’s attorney.

Kindergarten bill creates buzz in community

Indiana lawmakers are debating a bill that’s creating a lot of conversation in our community. House bill 1408 requires parents to enroll their students in kindergarten at the age of five.

Sports writer Billy Reed donates a career-spanning collection to Bellarmine University

Reed donated his collection of memorabilia and publications spanning his career, starting in 1959.

Community members weigh in on possible West Clark school district split

After a unanimous school board vote to split the district into Silver Creek and Borden-Henryville, much of West Clark is left waiting.

JCPS satellite offices provide access to resources in Shawnee and West Louisville

The district is taking a new approach to get resources into the communities that need them most -- bringing Jefferson County Public Schools’ staff members closer to parents.

Dozens of WAVE Country schools closed due to frigid temperatures

Closing or delaying school due to weather conditions is not something school systems take lightly.

Weapon found at Atherton High School

The student was charged and is being disciplined according to JCPS policies.

Newcomer Academy students visit Louisville Collegiate School

Fourteen different countries were represented.

JCPS to host 2 job fairs

Jefferson County Public Schools will hold two job fairs to fill various positions.

Teacher, aides punished children with autism using dark bathroom, loud whistle, investigators say

The three suspects were investigated after a witness reported them to the school resource officer, according to the sheriff.

  ‘This is deeper than words on a wall:’ OCHS parent wants racism issue addressed

Shavonda Williams was taking her daughter Bryyann to cheer practice Saturday when they came across the racist messages.

Racial, sexual graffiti removed at Oldham County High School

In addition to the graffiti, the vandals also painted the names of two school assistant principals.

Boy with autism intentionally locked out of school by principal, mother says

The school district placed the principal on paid administrative leave while it investigates the allegations.

Inaugural class of DuBois Academy students shine in first semester

While the school focuses on character development, the numbers show its students are becoming better test takers.

KY offering student loan forgiveness to teachers

The goal is to attract top talent, a diverse workforce and teachers with experience.

JCPS leaders take action in response to rise in student suicides

With eight suicide deaths in the JCPS community this school year, district leaders are taking big steps to combat bullying and address mental health issues.

3 juveniles taken into custody following Kentucky school threat

Three juveniles are in police custody after they allegedly made threats against Carroll County Schools.

Marshall County Community still trying to heal one year after school shooting

Two students were killed and 21 others were hurt. The community is still healing, trying to remain “Marshall Strong.”

JCPS sees more growth than any other district in second year of MAP assessment

MAP testing is done several times over the school year and tracks how a student is progressing.

JCPS says there are resources for bullying victims

A parent of a 10-year-old boy has announced plans to sue the district claiming bullying drove her son to suicide.

Brown School competes in Follett Challenge

A Jefferson County Public School has a chance to win up to $60,000 in an education contest, but they need votes to make it happen.

Families of students shot at Marshall County High School sue district

The suit is being filed by the families of Dalton Keeling, Mary Bella James, Gage Smock and Bailey Holt.

JCPS board reviews community feedback from facilities plan

Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said the growing pains will be worth it.

New JCPS satellite office opens in Shawnee neighborhood

The satellite office will offer tutoring, student employment assistance, and homeless assistance through community partnerships.

Covington Catholic trip has some Louisville schools reviewing policies

Some Louisville-area Catholic schools are responding to the incident, as they also took groups to Washington D.C. for the March for Life event.

Parents not fazed by local district’s decisions after winter weather

Bullitt County teachers and students didn't get the extra sleep some of them were hoping for Tuesday morning. But Jefferson County Public Schools were on a 2-hour delay.

  JCPS will offer apprenticeships to students, expanding Academies of Louisville

Through the Academies of Louisville, more than 17,000 students at 14 different JCPS schools have the opportunity for on-the-job learning at a variety of workplaces.

Some Brown School parents want better communication and security

A gun found right next door to the J. Graham Brown School still has some parents feeling uneasy. While the school was checked, some parents said security and communication could use improvement.

JCPS holds racial equity forum

Parents in the Shawnee neighborhood learned more Thursday night about a plan to create racial equity in Jefferson County Public Schools.

Charlestown High Principal tapped as GCCS interim superintendent

The Greater Clark County School District will soon have a new leader at the helm. Charlestown High School Principal Mark Laughner is being tapped to take over as interim superintendent.

Case of whooping cough reported at preschool in Oldham County

The Oldham County Health Department made the announcement about the illness at Cadence Academy Preschool in Crestwood on Thursday afternoon.

Multiple Kentucky school districts cancel Friday classes due to illness

The district made the move as an effort to slow spreading of the illness.

Education Commissioner visits local schools to improve post secondary accomplishments

Kentucky’s Education Commissioner Dr. Wayne Lewis visited Bernheim Middle School, Lebanon Junction Elementary and the Bullitt County Area Technology Center Thursday.

Partnership between JCPS and Simmons College will increase minority teachers, help black students succeed

Statistics from the National Bureau of Economic Research show black students who have at least one black teacher in elementary school are 13 percent more likely to enroll in college.

Education Commissioner announces Student Ambassador Initiative

The new initiative gets students to come up with ways they can serve their community and peers educationally.

JCPS teacher accused of aggressively restraining student fired

Nancy Downs was fired from her position at Trunnell Elementary.

Holcomb’s budget plan for education draws praise, criticism

The Senate Democrats' budget leader said Holcomb’s proposal won’t be able to boost teacher pay and that it doesn’t get schools ahead of the inflation rate.

JCPS’ new pop up celebration encourages students to go to school

Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts was the first stop for the campaign.

‘Backpack of Success Skills' helps students stand out, show-off what they’ve learned

The JCPS Backpack of Success Skills: We got to see it in action on Thursday as a few seniors at Moore High School presented their defenses to the eighth-grade students

Senate Education Committee passes SB3; bill moves to floor

State lawmakers on Thursday debated a bill that some believe could hurt public education and pave the way for charter schools.

Gilmore Lane Elementary teachers, parents express concerns over JCPS facilities plan

Jefferson County Public School leaders say they are planning to build three new schools, which would impact 11 schools.

JCPS passes racial equity plan to add diversity to the classroom

The plan includes the hiring of 128 additional teachers and 31 administrators of color.

GCCS prepares for superintendent search

Andrew Melin resigned as superintendent in December; his last day was Jan. 2. His sudden intent to leave shocked many in the district.

Many return to school on Monday following Winter Break

After two weeks off to celebrate the holidays, many students will be returning to school on Monday.

State extends key deadline for JCPS to find special education chief

JCPS was supposed to hire a Chief for Exceptional Child Education Services by Jan. 1, 2019.

Do schools have a legal obligation to keep students safe? JCPS says no in case of critical preschool teacher

When you send your preschooler to school, you expect them to be kept safe. But one family said the behavior of their daughter’s first teacher caused severe anxiety and behavior issues.