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Valarie Honeycutt Spears

Lexington, KY, United States

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Past articles by Valarie:

Video Shows Lexington Police Officer Rescue Deer From Pool

A homeowner in rural southern Fayette County called Lexington police Monday morning after seeing a deer stranded in his swimming pool and what happens next was captured on Officer Chris Flannery’s body camera. → Read More

A $26 million renovation starts next week to give innovative school a permanent home

Construction is set to begin next week at the former Imani church Building at 1555 Georgetown Road for a new home for Lexington’s STEAM Academy. → Read More

This ‘lab’ school is a top performer. It wants more students from Fayette, other counties.

Model Laboratory School on EKU’s campus is recruiting students from throughout Central Kentucky and seeking a new role → Read More

Banned from donating blood by the FDA, Lexington native donated a kidney instead

Lexington native Barton Lynch is making national news with his efforts to change an FDA policy that will not allow him to donate blood because he currently is in a sexual relationship with another man. → Read More

‘Erase the Hate.’ Fayette County schools will have booth at Pride Fest for first time.

For the first time ever, Fayette County Public Schools will have a booth at Lexington’s Pride festival on Saturday June 29, Superintendent Manny Caulk announced Monday. → Read More

‘Disgust and disappointment.’ Parents upset that web-based program remains at school.

School board members in Lincoln County on Thursday did not end a controversial web-based learning program that some middle school parents have been fighting. → Read More

Students lead push to teach African, Native American history in Kentucky classrooms.

African history and Native American history would be required in Kentucky world civilization courses under legislation pre-filed for the 2020 General Assembly. → Read More

Lexington high school will get a new principal after leader moves to district post

Lexington’s Bryan Station High School will get a new principal as James McMillin is promoted to Fayette County’s district director of high schools. → Read More

Supreme Court hands Bevin victory in reorganizing education boards

In a legal victory for Gov. Matt Bevin, the Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously upheld Thursday the Republican governor’s reorganization of several boards and committees that oversee public education in the state. → Read More

Kentucky school makes list of best public high schools in the nation by ACT scores.

A Kentucky residential high school has been named among the ten “Best Public High Schools in the U.S. by ACT scores” by the education website → Read More

Data breach: Personal information of Central Kentucky students may have been exposed

A company that facilitates registration for tests such as advanced placement and the PSAT for several Kentucky schools have announced that students’ personal information might have been exposed in a data breach. → Read More

Kentucky lawmakers consider homeschooling law changes aimed at truants.

The chair of the Kentucky’s House Education Committee said she’s considering introducing legislation aimed at truants who inappropriately leave public schools for homeschooling. → Read More

First the board chair, now the commissioner. Fayette board member accused of misleading again.

More accusations that Fayette school board member Tyler Murphy is “misleading” people with his criticism of education decisions were made this week, this time from Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education. → Read More

New TV series ‘Cheerleader Generation’ features Dunbar coach and daughter, the Ole Miss coach

A new Lifetime television series will feature Lexington’s Paul Laurence Dunbar High School’s veteran cheerleading coach Donna Martin and her daughter, Ole Miss head cheerleading coach, Ryan O’Connor. → Read More

Four school employees suspended following allegations of cheating on statewide tests

The Floyd County superintendent announced Tuesday that he had suspended four employees following allegations of cheating on statewide tests. → Read More

Protesting parents are fighting this web-based school program, but some in Ky. love it.

Some parents at Lincoln County Middle School, like some families in other states, are balking at a web-based learning program called Summit Learning → Read More

School cafeteria worker ‘Miss Fannie’ is still working as her 90th birthday approaches

Clays Mill Elementary is celebrating one of their cafeteria workers who will soon be turning 90 years old. → Read More

Interfaith group pushes Fayette to address higher rates of suspensions for black students

A “high number of suspensions and racial disparities” in Fayette County Public Schools is motivating Belinda Snead to implore school board members to make changes. → Read More

See which Lexington schools have new principals and who has a new position

A Lexington elementary school and a middle school have new principals and the Fayette County Public Schools district has a new Associate Director of Minority Recruitment and Retention. → Read More

Ten sets of twins in one Kentucky high school graduating class. ’It’s surreal.’

Nobody was more surprised that the Boyle County High School graduating class of 2019 had 10 sets of twins than some of the twins themselves. → Read More