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Carroll County iLead Academy team is a finalist in national Rural Tech Project competition

A team from iLead Academy in Carrollton (Carroll County) joins teams from four other states as a finalist in the U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Tech Project. iLEAD Academy, which is run by the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC), will develop model computer science education career pathways. OVEC also received a $4 million Education Innovation Research grant for a groundbreaking effort...

CPE leader Aaron Thompson named to State Higher Education Executive Officers executive committee

Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, has been appointed to the executive committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), a national advocacy group focused on higher education policy. The executive committee is responsible for shaping SHEEO’s federal priorities and strategies and leading its communications with Congress, the U.S. Department...

UofL ranked as best college in Kentucky based on statistics from U.S. Department of Education

By Alicia Kelso University of Louisville Niche.com has ranked the University of Louisville as the best college in Kentucky based on key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews. UofL’s overall grade averaged an A-. This is based on high scores for athletics (A+), student life, party scene, location and campus food (A) and diversity and professors (A-). UofL also scored...

University of the Cumberlands listed as safest college campus in Kentucky for second straight year

University of the Cumberlands was listed as the safest college campus in Kentucky in a recent 2020 ranking by YourLocalSecurity.com. Cumberlands was lucky number 13 countrywide. This is the second consecutive year the Cumberlands has ranked first in the state for campus safety. “We do all we can to make sure our students are safe on campus,” said Emily Coleman, provost of the university. “At...

University of the Cumberlands distributing CARES Act emergency funding to students

Undergraduate students at University of the Cumberlands will soon receive emergency assistance funding from the university as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In total, Cumberlands is disbursing $1,398,399 in federal emergency aid to eligible undergraduate students who switched from in-seat classes to online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cumberlands...

FCPS, Redwood Cooperative School named 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon honorees

While the state remains focused on fighting the novel coronavirus outbreak that has interrupted the school year, the U.S. Department of Education is honoring a Kentucky school district and a cooperative school for their environmental instruction efforts. Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) and Redwood Cooperative School in Lexington are among 55 national honorees name as 2020 U.S. Department of Education...

K-PREP testing has been canceled for the school year; state applied and received a testing waiver

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has notified all Kentucky public school superintendents that K-PREP testing for the 2019-2020 school year has been canceled. U.S. Department of Education (USED) officials announced March 20 that students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. KDE applied for a waiver...

2020 Ky. Teacher of the Year Erin Ball to spend semester promoting minority teacher recruitment

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Life has been different for Erin Ball since being named the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year in May of 2019. But probably not how you may expect. “In August, my husband and I began fostering two young siblings – a toddler and a baby,” said Ball. “Going from zero kids to two kids has been an incredible whirlwind and learning how to balance being a mother...

WKU awarded $1.1 million federal grant for special education to address shortage of certified personnel

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education has awarded Western Kentucky University a $1.1 million grant to address the ongoing national, state and regional shortage of personnel certified to serve K-12 students with high-intensity needs. Project “Preparing Rural Educators and Professionals for Students with High-Intensity Needs” (PREP) is an interdisciplinary initiative led...

Five Kentucky public schools designated national Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Dept. of Education

The U. S. Department of Education (USED) named five Kentucky public schools as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence. The five Kentucky schools and their districts are: Barret Traditional Middle School – Jefferson County East Valley Elementary School – Morgan County Murray Elementary School – Murray Independent Perryville Elementary School – Boyle County Shopville...

CPE celebrates statewide launch of GEAR UP Kentucky at EKU’s Brock Auditorium on Sept. 25

On Sept. 25, approximately 400 seventh- and 12th-graders from Bourbon County and Paris Independent schools will converge in Brock Auditorium at Eastern Kentucky University to celebrate the official statewide launch of GEAR UP Kentucky. GEAR UP Kentucky is a seven-year, $24.5 million grant program designed to increase the number of students graduating from high school and transitioning into postsecondary...

University of Kentucky doctoral graduate earns national recognition for research on school discipline

By Carl Nathe University of Kentucky Discipline and how it is administered in schools across the U.S. continues to be a hotly debated topic. Now a University of Kentucky doctoral graduate’s expansive research on the subject has been published in the Journal of School Psychology and is gaining widespread attention from teachers, administrators and researchers. Albert Ksinan, who earned his doctorate...

Kentucky launches K-TECH initiative for Hazard Independent, Perry County students

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has launched Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH), the state’s first college-high apprenticeship program, in partnership with Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, Appalachian Regional Hospitals, Juniper Health, and Hazard Independent Schools. Science, technology,...

CPE wins $24.5 million state grant to boost educational opportunities for low-income students

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Council on Postsecondary Education have announced that Kentucky has won a $24.5 million GEAR UP grant to increase the number of low-income students graduating from high school and enrolling in college or workforce training programs. Kentucky is one of only six states to receive GEAR UP funding from the U.S. Department of Education in this year’s competition, making it the...

Five Kentucky schools named to U.S. Department of Education’s 2018 list of National Blue Ribbon Schools

Kentucky Teacher The U. S. Department of Education (USED) named five Kentucky public schools as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence. The five Kentucky schools and their districts are: • Huntertown Elementary (Woodford County) • Oak Hill Elementary (Pulaski County) • Paintsville Elementary (Paintsville Independent) • Spottsville Elementary (Henderson...

Kentucky Teacher: Interim commissioner cites need for more school resource officers at roundtable

The Federal Commission on School Safety visited Lexington last week as part of a national listening tour on safety issues. Kentucky Department of Education Interim Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis and Kentucky Board of Education Chairman Milton Seymore participated in roundtable discussions led by U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Mick Zais. The January school shooting at Marshall County High...

Nearly half of Kentucky’s childcare providers now ‘highly ranked’ by state’s quality rating system

The Kentucky Division of Child Care has reached a significant milestone, with nearly half of the state’s child-care providers now highly ranked by the Commonwealth’s required quality rating system. The goal was part of the federal Race to the Top Initiative. Kentucky was awarded an RTTT Early Learning Challenge grant in 2014 from the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human...

KHEAA reminds students to take care when completing information on federal aid application

The U.S. Department of Education is requiring many students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to complete a verification process for the information they submit. Used to apply for most federal and many state student aid programs, the FAFSA asks detailed questions about the income and resources of students. Parents are required to provide their information as well if their...

Daily Yonder: Advocates say new education secretary DeVos lacks knowledge about rural schools

By Tim Marema Special to KyForward A rural education advocate says the new Education secretary’s suburban, billionaire background doesn’t prepare her to deal with the nation’s small, public schools. How much will she learn on the job? The question rural school advocates have for Betsy DeVos isn’t whether she knows much about rural education but whether she’s willing to learn. “She’s...

Parents increasing recognized as ‘missing piece’ in helping students become college, career ready

By John Kim Special to KyForward As public schools in Kentucky work to reform and improve the academic achievement of students, ensuring that they are college and career ready to deal with life in the 21st century, the recognition of parents as the critical “missing piece” in helping students meet these challenges is becoming more apparent. One county is actively working to include this important...