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Most JCPS students struggle with reading and math at grade level, diagnostic testing shows

Measures of Academic Progress testing results obtained by WDRB News in response to an open records request show that 45% and 36% of JCPS students tested at grade-level in reading → Read More

Oldham County Schools names new deputy superintendent who was once finalist for top job

Six is deputy superintendent at Franklin County Schools. She was also a finalist for OCS superintendent last year, which ultimately went to her new boss Jason Radford in May 2021. → Read More

Student achievement and teaching focal points in latest JCPS student assignment talks

The questioning came as JCPS prepares for its last scheduled community feedback session on the student assignment proposal at the new Elev8 learning center on West Broadway on May 17. → Read More

Indiana students begin iLearn testing this week

Monday marked the beginning of the iLearn testing window, which closes May 13. → Read More

JCPS exploring changes to Atherton High School's enrollment boundaries

Instead of Bardstown Road running through the middle of the school’s boundary, the proposal calls for Bardstown Road to divide Atherton’s and Waggener High’s enrollment zones. → Read More

Gov. Beshear vetoes Kentucky charter school funding bill

Beshear struck down House Bill 9, sponsored by House Majority Whip Chad McCoy, on Thursday. → Read More

How did K-12 education fare in the biennial budget passed by Kentucky lawmakers?

The new spending was buoyed in large part by the influx of federal money sent to Kentucky during the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Kentucky charter school funding bill clears Senate committee

House Bill 9, sponsored by House Majority Whip Chad McCoy, would allow charter schools to collect state funding by student enrollment and cleared the Senate Education Committee on a 8-3 → Read More

JCPS envisions streamlined 'choice zones' in student assignment proposal

Jefferson County Public Schools unveiled a proposed overhaul of its complex student assignment plan, which aims to deliver more options for families in and near west Louisville. → Read More

JCPS students, teachers get 'taste of normalcy' in first week without mask mandate

JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio lifted the district's mask mandate last week as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations dropped sharply. → Read More

Masks will be optional at JCPS starting Thursday

Thursday will mark the first time that students, staff and visitors have not been required to wear masks inside JCPS facilities since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

JCPS board gives Pollio power to make masks optional based on local COVID-19 numbers

The board voted 4-3 on a motion Tuesday from board member James Craig, who represents District 3, to give Pollio discretion to change masking policies at JCPS based on local → Read More

Pollio: JCPS board can change quarantine, contact tracing requirements at any meeting

Pollio said he would base recommendations regarding indoor masking at JCPS on federal and state guidance. → Read More

House panel advances bill banning Kentucky public schools, colleges from requiring masks

The measure prohibits the state’s public schools and postsecondary institutions from requiring indoor facial coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Bill barring transgender athletes from girls' school sports clears KY Senate panel

Senate Bill 83 directs the KHSAA's board to pass regulations banning those identified as males on their birth certificates from participating on girls' sports teams. → Read More

Ky. bill requiring on-site school resource officers clears House committee

House Bill 63, sponsored by Louisville Republican Kevin Bratcher, passed the committee on a 16-3 vote. → Read More

JCPS to make call on reopening classrooms Sunday

Jefferson County Public Schools will decide Sunday whether to reopen classrooms or continue with remote learning, the district said Friday. → Read More

Nontraditional instruction continues at JCPS this week, district letter says

JCPS, one of several Kentucky school districts that have used nontraditional instruction or closed entirely recently amid the latest surge in COVID-19 cases, announced the decision Monday in a letter → Read More

JCPS board may vote on new school security positions by end of January

A proposal presented during Tuesday’s board meeting calls for JCPS to hire safety administrators at every middle and high school and a team of armed school security officers to patrol → Read More

Pollio hopes in-person learning break will give JCPS employees time to complete quarantines

Staffing shortages during the last escalation of COVID-19 cases prompted the move to remote learning. → Read More