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Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs applications now being accepted for NKU’s summer 2020 program

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a residential summer program in which 72 Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, has opened applications for its summer 2020 program. The 2020 GSE session will take place June 7 through June 27 at Northern Kentucky University. The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs brings students from across the state into a three-week...

Before handing over the keys to the car, make sure your teen knows the rules of driving safely

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 20-26) to help empower parents to talk with their young drivers about the importance of driving safely. “Parents have a strong influence on their teens, even as they grow older and become more independent,” said acting KOHS Executive Director...

Kentucky Safe Schools Week set for Oct. 20–26 as part of Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month, and this year Kentucky Safe Schools Week is focusing on kindness, unity and empathy. Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for Oct. 20–26. This year’s theme is “Our Safety Story!” and the Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and...

Commentary: Fayette Co. Schools failing to improve student performance despite spending, tax increases

By Dan Rose and Ron Vissing Special to KyForward The Fayette County public school system (FCPS) is failing to improve student performance despite years of higher spending and taxes. Yet the system continues to increase taxes and spending every year with no accountability to taxpayers or the public at large. Again, for 2019-20, FCPS has indicated it intends to take advantage of the automatic 4 percent...

Richard Nelson: Kids need parents involved in lives; fathers play key role in preventing mass violence

Gabe Parker was described as cold, callous and “shockingly calm” in an interview with Kentucky State Police. The 16-year old is being tried as an adult for killing two of his fellow students and severely wounding 14 others at Marshall County High School earlier this year. The calm demeanor was called “bizarre” by one KSP trooper. And Marshall County Sheriff’s Detective Captain...

‘Parent U’ offers tools, support for Lansdowne families, sheds light on lesser-known topics

Families find that in building the school community, Lansdowne offers workshops that are relevant and useful. (Photo provided)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward     Lansdowne Elementary’s “Parent U” is designed for people like Tasleem El-Amin, a mother of three who recognizes the value of partnering with schools to benefit her children.   “I’m here often, so all...

Gena Bigler: Welcome babies with loving homes, not ‘cute’ stuff they don’t really need

Becoming a parent is an exciting time. Preparing for the impending birth of a child is part mental, part emotional and part financial.   A piece of the financial part of preparing for the coming baby is buying all the baby “stuff.” A car seat is essential for baby safety and is, in fact, required by law. Other than that – and diapers – what do you really need? The suggested...