Education

JCPS considering property tax increase

With decaying schools and a need for school security officers, Jefferson County Public Schools is looking at a plan to increase revenue.

  Sex talks possibly headed to K-12 classrooms

  Black Achievers Program propels students to success

Meyzeek Middle School transforms gym for student-run health fair

Rival JCPS schools battle it out in video gaming tournament

  Hundreds of nursing jobs opening up in Kentucky for nursing, medical students

4 students arrested after gun found at PRP High School

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St. Leonard Catholic School families discuss future after school closure announcement

Lawsuit filed over expulsion of Whitefield Academy student with rainbow birthday cake

  JCPS students vie for invitations to Aspen Ideas Festival

  JCPS offers tips to parents wanting to report crimes against their kids

  JCPS eyes March vote on final in-house security plan

  St. Leonard Community School set to close, 120 students scrambling to find new school

Pike County teen meets with President Trump on behalf of religious student organizations

Emily Chaney is a sophomore at East Ridge High School.

Axed Kentucky Board of Education members withdraw lawsuit against Beshear, plan to re-file in U.S. District Court

They are preparing to re-file as they partner with the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions.

  State recommends removing several JCPS principals deemed ‘unfit to lead turnaround efforts’

Leadership assessments of several low-performing JCPS schools conducted by the Kentucky Department of Education determined principals at six schools are unfit to lead.

  Community sounds off against land being considered for new JCPS middle school

District 7 Board Member Chris Brady said the building would have seats for about 1,000 students.

Closets for Good: Helping students succeed at Moore High School

JCPS celebrates apprentice program growth

  Whitefield Academy defends decision to expel student after picture of rainbow sweater, birthday cake

  Rainbow shirt and cake a ‘lifestyle violation,’ student expelled from private school

  JCPS planning to change how students are assigned to schools

Drive the Future: JCPS looking for more bus drivers, monitors

  Local teen produces song to raise awareness about suicide prevention

Jackson Snelling is using his talent to talk about something that many struggle with: Depression and suicide.

  Kentucky Senate Bill 8 would require student resource officers to be armed

Sen. Max Wise said the bill was prompted by a debate in the state’s largest school district: JCPS.

Ballard HS stadium demolition begins

The old cement bleachers that were deemed unsafe last year are now on their way out.

Teacher in Iroquois High School fight video resigns

In a WAVE 3 News exclusive Troubleshooter investigation, it was revealed that the teacher had called for security twice before the incident took place. She said no one came to her rescue.

Bill would require all districts to add cameras to school bus stop arms

And as Kentucky legislators convene this month, a new bill up for consideration is aimed at holding drivers accountable and keeping children safer.

Free GED tests now available in Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced Tuesday that the GED is now free for Kentuckians to take.

  JCPS to build new middle school in eastern part of district

Kentucky’s largest school district is growing, so school leaders are making plans for new facilities.

Louisvillian kids learn about Kwanzaa at Cabbage Patch Settlement House

Kwanzaa is the African American holiday celebrated over seven days during the winter.

Investigation into re-assigned JCPS custodian picks up steam

An investigation is continuing into a JCPS custodian who was recently re-assigned from Hite Elementary with the school’s principal telling parents to talk with their children.

  JCPS custodian reassigned following allegations of inappropriate behavior

A JCPS custodian has been reassigned from an elementary school following allegations of inappropriate behavior involving a juvenile.

YouthBuild Louisville receives $1.5 million grant

Governor Andy Beshear, Congressman John Yarmuth, and Mayor Greg Fischer joined forces Monday to announce the donation.

Report: More women are in medical school than men right now

Male doctors still outnumber female doctors by 64 percent to 36 percent, but that could be changing, too.

  Iroquois High students, new principal eager to change perception of school

Iroquois High School had a tough start to the semester, but it's ending it with a new leader who is committed to making a difference.

  Teachers corroborate whistleblower claims following Troubleshooter investigation into JCPS

Following an exclusive WAVE 3 News investigation, several teachers and educators contacted the Troubleshooters to say they've been told not to write up or suspend students who get in trouble.

JCPS application period ends Dec. 18

According to JCPS officials, all incoming kindergartners, new students, students who have a change of address or students who want to be considered for magnet programs should apply by midnight on Dec. 18.

  JCPS leaning toward arming school safety officers

A survey sent to middle and high schools showed 90% of teachers want an SRO in their school.

  Whistleblower: JCPS officials tell administrators not to suspend

A JCPS administrator told us there is a lack of discipline for certain behaviors, and that it is intentional.

Indiana University could make SAT, ACT tests optional

Indiana University could soon stop requiring students to submit ACT or SAT scores with their college applications.

  Former Cardinals, NFL star Deion Branch earns degree from UofL

Eighteen years after leaving UofL, Branch received his diploma thanks in large part to the Cardinal Degree Completion program.

‘They were fighting by the wells’: Refugee students write book about getting clean water

The book is part of a collaboration with the non-profit organization WaterStep.

PRP High School staff member injured during ‘altercation among students’

The staff member was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay.

  Beshear, Board of Education battle fires up; new board could terminate commissioner Thursday

Ten of the 11 current Board of Education members filed for a temporary restraining order, but it was denied.

  Beshear appoints new Kentucky Board of Education, current board files lawsuit

Just hours into his administration, Gov. Andy Beshear signed his first executive order, replacing the board of education appointed by former governor Matt Bevin.

Fayette County education board suing vaping, e-cigarette companies

On Thursday night members of the Fayette County Board of Education voted unanimously to file a lawsuit against the manufactures, distributors and retailers of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices and products.

  Olmsted Academy South students organize Puppy Room fundraiser

Students at Olmsted Academy South organized a Puppy Room for their classmates Wednesday.

Vera Bradley donates $136k to non-profit Blessings in a Backpack

Vera Bradley gave $136,000 to Blessings in a Backpack, thanks in part to donations from customers.

  Louisville high school students team up with Microsoft for day of hands-on IT experience

At the Muhammad Ali Center Tuesday, students learned innovation isn’t always about learning something new, it’s about creating something new.

Bullitt County Public Schools suing Juul, other e-cigarette makers

Citing a dramatic increase in the number of vaping infractions, Bullitt County Schools becomes the first Kentucky school system to sue Juul and other vaping manufacturers.

OVEC Head Start hiring more than 200 employees

Head Start gives low-income families with infants and toddlers access to education and other resources to ensure children are ready for school.

  JCPS will expand restorative practices district-wide: ‘We want to keep kids in schools as much as possible’

Jefferson County Public Schools announced Monday they’ll implement restorative practices district-wide within the next six years.

13th annual Benefit for the Backside held on Millionaire’s Row

Benefit for the Backside was held Friday on Millionaire’s Row at Churchill Downs.

Internet restored to Kentucky schools, offices after early morning outage

Internet has been restored to schools across Kentucky after a widespread internet outage Wednesday morning.

Kentucky Science Center & JCPS partner for immersive space science learning

The curriculum will allow students to participate in a simulated mission to Mars.

  Southern IN lawmakers react to Red for Ed Action Day

Some politicians, who may not always see eye to eye, agreed that masses of teachers showing up at in Indianapolis made a statement.

  Local parent supports teachers during Red for Ed action day

"They definitely need our support,” Charlestown mom, Jill Hetz, said. “I mean, they’re helping raise our children and our future.”

Proposed changes for JCPS magnet school admissions discussed in live webinar

Possible changes include new diversity targets for magnet programs and schools and a different lottery admissions process for magnet schools.

KY Youth Advocates releases 2019 report on kids education, health and economics

The Kentucky Youth Advocates, a lobbyist working for kids and families across the state of Kentucky, has released their 2019 Kids Count data book on Tuesday.

  UofL Police bring motorcycle pilot program to campus

The University of Louisville Police’s motorcycle pilot program will help officers cut down on response times.

  One in 20 JCPS students is homeless; district believes many more could use help, too

It’s hard for some of us to imagine not having a place to call home, especially for children. But, chances are if you have school-aged children, at least one of their classmates is homeless.

Reduce, re-use, recycle: Kentucky Science Center reveals exhibit made by students

The new space showcases how people can limit their impact on the environment by following the three ‘R’ rule: reduce, re-use and recycle.

  Student’s jaw broken after alleged attack in Iroquois High School bathroom

An Iroquois High School student will undergo surgery Friday to repair a broken jaw after he was allegedly attacked in the school bathroom on Thursday.

More firearms found at JCPS schools, 6 in total this school year

The number of firearms found at JCPS schools keeps rising.

  Norton Elementary students learning about music & life through rapping

Students are in the limelight at Norton Elementary because they rhyme tight!

$51M X Effect Campaign to enhance St. X

Millions of dollars will be used to provide financial aid and improve St. Xavier High School.

School Pantry Program aims to keep students full away from school

The School Pantry Program expects to serve more students this year with the addition of 18 more schools being serviced.

Cincinnati-area high school announces mandatory drug tests for all students beginning in 2020

A student's refusal to take the test will be considered a positive result.

  Resource officers discussed at JCPS meeting as mom of teen arrested for fighting a teacher speaks out

JCPS is in the process of building an in-house security team for schools as resource officers continue to be a hot button issue.

  E-learning days keep GCCS kids learning, even in messy weather

With wintry weather headed to WAVE Country for the first time this fall, many parents are keeping an eye on road conditions to see if school will be canceled or delayed Tuesday.

  Veteran Army colonel takes on a new challenge in the classroom

Kentucky’s veteran volunteer of the year has traded in his army fatigues and place in the front lines for a spot at the head of a Jefferson County Public Schools classroom.

  West Clark teachers to attend Red for Ed rally as Indiana educators push for change

After a year of waiting for action, teachers like those in West Clark insist they need to show Indiana lawmakers that they're serious about change.

  Plans take shape for Girls of Color Academy, which is now accepting applications

Admission to the Girls of Color Academy is not limited to girls of color, but they will offer Afro-centric curriculum.

  W.E.B. DuBois Academy students become chefs for vets

Students at the DuBois Academy turned their desks into stovetops and served a plate of appreciation.

  Middle school student can draw world map from memory

Brooks Tunstall, who is in eighth grade at Oak Knoll, can draw a fairly accurate map of the world from memory in just 15 minutes.

  West Clark school board member discusses possible district divide

The split needs to be passed by voters through a special election, a petition or by putting the split on the ballot in May.

Superintendent reacts to email asking corrections officers to take JCPS security jobs

One day after WAVE 3 News' exclusive Troubleshooter investigation revealed corrections officers were emailed to take JCPS off-duty school security jobs, the JCPS superintendent said it wasn't the district's doing.

  Teacher in Iroquois viral fight says she called for help before the violence

The teacher in a viral video of a fight between herself and a student at Iroquois High School said she tried to call for help before things turned violent.

  Beshear has options in how he can appoint a new state school board

Beshear has previously said he would replace members of the State Board of Education in his first days in office.

A ‘district divorce’ could happen within the West Clark Community School District

Voters will decide whether to divide the West Clark Community School District into two parts.