Education

  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.

Holcomb’s budget plan for education draws praise, criticism

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

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

Senate Education Committee passes SB3; bill moves to floor

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

JCPS passes racial equity plan to add diversity to the classroom

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  GCCS prepares for superintendent search

Many return to school on Monday following Winter Break

State extends key deadline for JCPS to find special education chief

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

Greater Clark County Schools superintendent to resign

JCPS: New schools, major renovations, permanent spot for boys’ academy in the works

Pension plan revealed in special session similar to sewer bill previously fought by teachers

Tuesday, the public learned what was in bills crafted during the special session in an effort to solve the state’s public pension funding crisis.

Kentucky’s Pension Crisis: How we got here

Kentucky’s pension shortfall has been decades in the making, but it’s taken center stage over the past two years.

Dozens of children helped through Winter Wonderland Coat Giveaway

Coats went to kids who have the greatest need from six different Jefferson County Public Schools.

Family files lawsuit claiming JCPS coaches covered up son’s assault

The suit stems from an incident in the Central High locker room in November 2017.

  Groundbreaking for downtown Jeffersonville elementary

Kids get creative at area’s first forest preschool

‘Adulting Day’ teaches local high school seniors how to cook, change a tire, pay bills

State’s approval of reorganization standards allows West Clark split to move forward

JCPS Nutrition and Physical Activity Report released; open for comment

JCPS application period for families ends December 19

  Longtime ISP trooper trades investigations for protecting kids as Silver Creek Primary SRO

After 32 years with Indiana State Police, Mary Sanchez retired and put on a different uniform at the start of the school year.

JCPS bus driver expected to be OK following medical issue at the wheel

Metrosafe said no students were aboard the bus at the time of the incident Thursday morning.

Team effort gives Eastern High runners a proper home

Eastern High School is known for its premier track and field program, however the track itself fell into major disrepair.

Enrollment at WKU continues to decline

New numbers released in a report by Western Kentucky University show that the university has seen a 4 percent decrease in student enrollment from fall of 2017 to fall 2018.

Changes to state graduation requirements broaden definition of ‘transition ready’

At Wednesday’s state Board of Education meeting, the board approved the new requirements proposed by Education Commissioner Dr. Wayne Lewis.

UPS grants West End School $50,000

The gift will pay for a new activity bus, study spaces and upgrades to the current playground.

UofL winter commencement will be Dec. 14

The University of Louisville’s winter commencement will be 7 p.m. Dec.14 at the downtown KFC Yum! Center.

Family sues JCPS over transfer of daughter after incident on bus

Phoenix O’Neal, a former sophomore at Male High School, said she briefly took the gun from another student in October to diffuse a situation.

New Washington parents concerned over ‘playing up’ policy for school sports

It’s been happening for years to help fill the gaps in the teams that are often very light on players, due to the small size of New Washington schools.

Dr. Wayne Lewis announces changes to high school graduation requirement proposal

Dr. Wayne Lewis said Monday students will still have to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading and math. But students will not be required to meet standards showing they are ready for college or a career.

Jeffersonville’s Promise to give free college tuition to Jeff High grads

A new program and promise from the City of Jeffersonville will pay for the tuition for Jeffersonville High School graduates to get their two-year degree from Ivy Tech Community College.

Bullitt Central High School principal suspended

This is Huber’s second year as principal of Bullitt Central.

JCPS board talks budget, pledges more money to mental health support

Leaders of Jefferson County Public Schools are making plans to provide more mental health support to students, including access to a counselor at every school.

JCPS taking community feedback on student assignment

JCPS is asking parents, students and community members to weigh in as the district considers changes to its student assignment plan.

Greater Clark County schools hiring bus drivers

The Greater Clark County school system is looking for school bus drivers and bus monitors.

Oldham County school board votes to move nearly 200 students to different schools

The changes will take effect for the 2019-2020 school year.

JCPS teacher, girls softball coach released on home incarceration in lieu of bond

Brandon Lee Dietz, 37, allegedly traveled to a location in the Metro to have sex with a person he believed to be a minor, but investigators said they intercepted him on the way to the meetup.

Beloved Seneca High School resource officer laid to rest

Devin Meriwether, a father of two, Marine veteran and sheriff’s deputy, was cherished by many.

Meet JCPS’ Exceptional Child Education Teacher of the Year

Some people work at jobs they seem destined to have. You might say that’s the case for this year’s JCPS Exceptional Child Education Teacher of the Year.

JCPS band students pay tribute to music teacher who died unexpectedly

Middle school band students performed a touching tribute Monday to their music teacher who passed away unexpectedly.

Moore HS students treated to screening of ‘The Hate U Give’

A novel called “The Hate U Give” made a huge splash upon its release, speaking directly to young men and women of color in a time when the news-cycle is often dominated by stories of police officers shooting and killing unarmed black citizens.

JCPS students to receive report cards Monday

Middle and high school students will get their second grading period report cards.

  JCPS teachers take to YouTube to improve student math skills

Marion C. Moore middle school teachers are getting creative in their classes through a platform that speaks to their students.

JCPS open, operating on normal schedule; Other districts closed

Several other districts including Bullitt and Hardin County schools have canceled class.

Dr. Greg Postel pursuing fellowship

University President Neeli Bendapudi made the announcement on Wednesday.

Waggener High football coach ‘reassigned’

JCPS said a personnel matter is under review.

JCPS Behavior Task Force makes recommendations to board

JCPS is looking for better ways to help at-risk students and those with behavior issues. The goal is to increase success for students placed in alternative schools.

Seneca High students, staff grieve death of beloved school resource officer

“Today you heard people saying uncle, brother, dad; he played those roles."

Little Steven: Born to Inspire

Ten years ago, Little Steven noticed music fading from the curriculum in schools.

ESL students create websites to showcase Hispanic heritage in Louisville

Students said the project allows them to give back to the community.

JCPS seeks input for changing student assignment

There was a surprisingly small turnout for the first listening session regarding the JCPS student assignment plan.

Business owners, teachers, parents among over a thousand supporters of suspended Louisville Male High student

Over one thousand people have signed a petition in support of a Louisville Male High School sophomore who was suspended last week. In addition, nearly two dozen people have written letters to the school.

Elementary students send care packages to troops overseas

Their latest act of kindness helped put a smile on the faces of men and women who fight for our freedom.

Archdiocese of Louisville honors 202 school teachers

All together, the teachers have achieved a total of 3,635 years of teaching experience.

String of school bus stop accidents raises safety concerns

While police investigate wrecks involving children waiting for the bus, experts say many drivers are paying more attention to their phones than the road.

Get to know JCPS Board of Education District 3 candidates

There are three candidates running to represent District 3. Find out where they stand on the achievement gap, student assignment plan and charter schools.

Get to know JCPS Board of Education District 6 candidates

Ahead of Tuesday’s election, we are learning more about the people who are running to represent you on the school board for Jefferson County Public Schools.

High school students watch movie about police shooting with LMPD

Police brutality and racial inequality were tough issues at the center of a conversation between teenagers at Seneca High School and local police officers.

  KY high school students create video to encourage voting, equal rights

The teens wrote and filmed a video asking voters to “vote for your conscience and for your future.”

New initiative helps to get Louisville children kindergarten ready

The program aims to shrink the word gap, especially in at-risk neighborhoods, to help those kids get ready for school and success.

WKU fraternity suspended for alcohol violations

The suspension will last until spring 2019.

Renovations at Zachary Taylor Elementary School revealed

The $25,000 renovations were paid for through a Lowe's grant.

Police: Man had ‘detailed plan of attack’ concerning Shelby, Anderson county schools

In addition to a detailed plan of attack, officers said Jarrell had a firearm, over 200 rounds of ammunition, a Kevlar vest and a 100-round high capacity magazine in his possession.

Potential asbestos release reported at JCPS middle school

The potential release happened during construction

Construction of UofL luxury student housing begins

The Marshall, at the corner of Industry Road and South Fourth Street, will include two floors for garage parking and eight floors of apartments. It’s set to open in the fall of 2020. The 231 units will be fully furnished and will house 591 beds.

JCPS creates group to tackle turnaround of low performing schools

Support will go to 97 schools, a dozen more than the state is requiring.

Amazon to fund breakfast program at Charlestown High

The school is one of 100 in the country to receive the grant.

ACT scores improve for 2018 KY graduates

Kentucky public high school graduates have improved from 2017 in both college readiness benchmarks for English, mathematics and reading as well as average scores for all categories, according to data released by ACT.

JCPS holds first special meeting to discuss new police force

JCPS held a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the parameters of its new police force.

Kids find, use their voices at Hip-Hop Summit

Hip hop music has a huge influence on many students in Louisville. Because of the connection, JCPS is implementing programs that use hip hop to help kids learn and they want the community to see how it works.

Alleged Saudi hit man has no UofL ties, school says

The University of Louisville said Thursday it has no record of a former student now reported to be a member of a Saudi assassination squad that allegedly murdered and dismembered a Washington Post columnist.

District that canceled school due to threat will be open Thursday

School officials want to find the student who made the threat so they can help that person.

Iroquois High students share difficult pasts in published book

A group of students from Iroquois High School can now add "author" to their list of accomplishments.

Belknap Campus power outage causes UofL to cancel all Wednesday classes

All classes on UofL's Belknap Campus are canceled for the remainder of Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Olmsted North Academy facing another lawsuit

David Simmons says his son was assaulted during class at Olmsted North Academy in May.

Elizabethtown Independent Schools closed Wednesday due to threat of violence

The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating.

JCPS joins Verizon innovation learning initiative

Newburg Middle School will be the first of five schools in the district to receive new tablets on Tuesday.

Bullitt County students bond with therapy dog

Students and staff at one elementary school are bonding with their new Aussie Doodle certified therapy dog.