A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Rural Blog: Rural colleges make big changes to stay afloat; ‘What’s a university without a history major?’

Many public universities in smaller towns are in crisis mode as enrollment and state funding continue to drop, and it doesn’t look like those trends will improve any time soon. Administrators at such colleges are making drastic changes to combat the downturn, including slashing staff, changing up majors, appealing more to adults looking to switch careers, and merging satellite programs and even...

U.S. News & World Report ranks EKU online degree programs among best for eighth consecutive year

For the eighth consecutive year, EKU Online degree programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Eastern Kentucky University ranked in the top 30 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. The university also ranked in the top 100 for Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Programs. “It’s incredibly rewarding to have...

28 new school resource centers granted additional funding, including several in Fayette County schools

More than 33,000 Kentucky students now have access to supplemental services at school thanks to the recent opening of 28 new Family Resource Youth Services Centers (FRYSC), or “friskies” centers as they are commonly called. Kentucky now has 854 FRYSCs across the Commonwealth. The primary goal of the centers is to remove non-academic barriers to learning in order to enhance student academic success. FRYSCs...

It’s time for 2019-20 kindergarten registration for Fayette schools; Step 1 is available online now

To enroll a child in kindergarten for 2019-20 in Fayette County Public Schools, families may begin online starting Jan. 15. The child must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 to start kindergarten this fall. After submitting the online form, families must then go to their neighborhood’s assigned school with their form number and two proofs of residence (e.g. deed or lease and a utility bill) to complete...

Governor’s Office of Early Childhood receives $10.6 million federal Preschool Development Grant

The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) has been awarded a $10,620,000 federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Preschool Development Grant – Birth through Five (PDG B-5). Kentucky was one of six states to receive the highest funding amount. This one-year grant focuses on planning, with the opportunity to apply for additional funding in 2019. The purpose of Kentucky’s PDG B-5 is...

Kentucky Mesonet at WKU completes installation of weather station in Webster County

The Kentucky Mesonet at Western Kentucky University has completed installation of a station in Webster County. The site at Baker Park in Dixon is the 70th operational station in 69 counties following the installation of a station in Pulaski County last fall. The statewide network is the Commonwealth’s official source for weather and climate data. “The Webster County site highlights the importance...

Eastern Kentucky University board bids farewell to Chair Craig Turner, elects Regent Lewis Turner

Eastern Kentucky University’s January 9 Board of Regents meeting was uncharacteristically emotional as the Colonel Community bid a fond farewell to outgoing Chair Craig Turner. The board unanimously elected Regent Lewis Diaz as Turner’s successor. A Cuban native, Diaz is EKU’s first minority Board of Regents Chair. He graduated from EKU with an undergraduate degree in 2000 and a master’s degree...

For-profit college settlement with CEC to eliminate $2.3 Million in debt for more than 1,300 Kentuckians

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that for-profit education company Career Education Corp. or CEC has agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices. It also agreed to forgo collecting more than $2.3 million in debts owed by more than 1,300 Kentucky students. The announcement is part of a $498 million national settlement with the Illinois-based CEC and state attorneys general...

Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery ‘Data, Mine’ exhibition to feature work of renowned data visualization artists

The upcoming “Data, Mine” exhibition at Transylvania University’s Morlan Gallery will offer artistic takes on an issue seemingly ripped from today’s headlines: What’s to do with all that information computers dig up on us? Running Jan. 16 to Feb. 19, the show will feature the works of nationally renowned data visualization artists Hasan Elahi and Laurie Frick. Elahi, who is a University of...

Locust trace agriculture teacher Daniel Bustle among 21 educators nationwide selected for XLR8 Institute

Daniel Bustle, an agriculture teacher at Locust Trace AgriScience Center, is among 21 individuals nationwide selected to participate in the 2018-19 XLR8 Institute – a professional learning program that began at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. Daniel Bustle (Photo from FCPS) The XLR8 program helps those in their seventh to 15th years of...

KHEAA Money Tip for Students: It’s income tax season so here is some advice to make it easier

Income tax season is approaching, and students may want to consider these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to help the process go more smoothly. Although you may not have earned enough to be required to file, you may be able to get a refund if your employer withheld taxes from your pay. Before you file, discuss the situation with your parents. They may be able to...

KY Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and KWIB establishes KentuckyWorks Collaborative

Gov. Matt Bevin, in partnership with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB), signed an executive order establishing the KentuckyWorks Collaborative to guide the Commonwealth’s workforce efforts through statewide implementation of KWIB’s strategic plan, Kentucky Work Ready: An Urgent Call to Action. “The creation of the...

KDE has developed a ‘Kindergarten to Grade 3 Dyslexia Toolkit’ as part of Ready to Read Act

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has developed the “Kindergarten to Grade 3 Dyslexia Toolkit” in response to The Ready to Read Act (House Bill 187, 2018). The toolkit provides educators and families with a resource to help meet the learning needs of students with dyslexia or those who display characteristics of dyslexia. The 20-page document can be found on KDE’s website under the...

Kentucky Teacher: Visiting Teachers from Spain provides high-quality Spanish teachers to KY schools

By Alfonso De Torres Núñez Special to KyForward Visiting Teachers from Spain is one of two international programs developed by the Kentucky Department of Education with education authorities from another country to provide world language services to students and school districts in the Commonwealth. Visiting Teachers from Spain enables local school districts in Kentucky to hire highly qualified,...

KYTC offers scholarships for civil engineering students; deadline to apply is February 1

Continuing one of the Commonwealth’s most attractive higher education opportunities, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year for prospective and current college students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology degrees. Interested students must apply by the Feb. 1, 2019 deadline to be considered for the unique scholarship...

Board of Governor’s Scholars Program Foundation seeking candidates for the position of President

The Governor’s Scholars Program Foundation’s board of directors is seeking candidates for the position of Foundation President, to begin service in Winter 2019. The Governor’s Scholars Program Foundation (GSPF) is a 501-c-3 charitable organization that supports the work of the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP), a nonprofit organization that strives to enhance Kentucky’s next...

Commissioner Lewis extends deadline for Jefferson County to hire chief for exceptional child services

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis has extended the deadline for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to hire a chief for exceptional child education services. As part of a settlement agreement, signed on August 28, 2018, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) agreed that JCPS would fill this position by January 1, 2019; however, the deadline...

UK Forestry and Natural Resources Extension receives national award for family forest education

The University of Kentucky Forestry and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension team recently won the Comprehensive Family Forests Education Award presented by the National Woodland Owners Association and the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs. This is the second time the team has won this national award, which is presented to an educational institution that has delivered...

Academies of Lexington, innovative program at three Fayette high schools, helps lead to careers

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher At the Academies of Lexington, a freshman’s first day of high school could also be the first day of the rest of his or her life. Day one for students in this innovative program at three Fayette County high schools is the start of a journey. It could lead them to a career that will help them succeed in a global economy and will, at the very least, lead to a richer and...

UK Wheat Science Group to host Winter Wheat Meeting in Hopkinsville on January 8

The 2018 University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will host their Winter Wheat Meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST Jan. 8 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. Registration for the event will start at 8:30 a.m. Photo by Matt Barton UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists will cover several topics of interest to those in the wheat industry including weed control,...