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Recent articles by Mandy:

Mass. vocational schools policy violates student civil rights, complaint says

The complaint calls for the US Office of Civil rights to withhold all federal funding for the state’s vocational programs until the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education prohibits criteria-based admissions. → Read More

Kentucky Supreme Court strikes down controversial school choice measure

A circuit judge previously ruled the 2021 school choice law was unconstitutional, blocking education opportunity accounts from being implemented. → Read More

Looking for the best vintage clothes shopping in Louisville? Here's where to start.

No matter your style, you can look to Louisville's growing vintage clothing scene for unique pieces from the past. → Read More

Pulitzer-winning reporter Deborah Yetter, protector of Kentucky's children, retires

Courier Journal reporter Debby Yetter's decadeslong career exposed child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. → Read More

After Courier Journal investigation, lawmakers vote to ax contract with literacy center

The Kentucky Department of Education announced it also supports dropping the contract, saying it wants a new statewide literacy center. → Read More

Kentucky is stuck in an early literacy crisis. What it can do to change course

This list of potential solutions touches on everything from local school districts to teachers unions to colleges. → Read More

Why The Courier Journal decided to investigate Kentucky's reading crisis

How what was supposed to be a single news report turned into a five-part investigative series by The Courier Journal. → Read More

A $335 billion loss: The hidden ways Kentucky's reading battle is costing us

Kentucky could reap huge economic gains if it solves its reading problems. → Read More

Here's what the latest test scores show about JCPS, Kentucky's schools

"There aren't going to be any surprises in this data for those that have been working in schools who are already well-aware of the challenges that we have before us," Education Commissioner Jason Gla… → Read More

Drag queens dish on their beauty secrets, best songs and favorite places in Louisville

As part of Pride Month, The Courier Journal asked popular Louisville drag queens to dish on themselves in four exclusive interviews. → Read More

Celebrities from music, TV, and sports walk the red carpet at the 2022 Kentucky Derby

From Michael Phelps to Jack Harlow and Melissa Joan Hart, celebrities from near and far walked the red carpet of the 148th Kentucky Derby. → Read More

What's poppin'? Jack Harlow, Drake film 'Churchill Downs' music video at Kentucky Derby

Superstar rappers Jack Harlow and Drake were in the house for the Kentucky Derby, on site to shoot a music video for his 'Churchill Downs' single. → Read More

Short but sweet, KDF Zoeller Pump Touring Parade rings in Derby season in Louisville

Kentucky Derby Festival's Zoeller Pump Touring Parade visited more than 30 neighborhoods across Louisville Saturday. Here are the highlights. → Read More

Four people shot inside downtown Louisville restaurant in drive-by

The diners were shot while inside The Seafood Lady, a restaurant in the city's trendy NuLu neighborhood. → Read More

Dolly Parton's sister, Stella, lashes out at a Kentucky legislator. Here's why.

Sen. Stephen Meredith said: "I’m disappointed...We always want to take a position of ready, fire, aim without really looking at the total situation." → Read More

'Creativity you can't find on Amazon': Louisville shoppers flock to Small Business Saturday

Hit by the pandemic, small business owners hope for more sales throughout the holiday season. → Read More

A 'Bad' School: Coming Courier Journal podcast explores an integration plan gone awry

A new 6-episode podcast by The Courier Journal begins Oct. 20. → Read More

Left to rot and decay, Shawnee high's 'haunted' 3rd floor finally comes back to life

Laughter and learning returned to the third floor at the Academy @ Shawnee on Wednesday, following a $42 million renovation. → Read More

JCPS welcomes back kids in first day of full in-person learning since onset of pandemic

Kentucky's largest district has not had all of its more than 95,000 students in classrooms since March 2020. → Read More

Live updates: It's the first day of school! JCPS students head back to class

Wednesday is the first day since March 2020 where most all of JCPS' students are back in class, in-person. → Read More