Friday, September 03, 2010

School News from Around Kentucky

Educators might ask to delay parts of education bill - State was banking on federal funding it didn't get: The state Department of Education might ask the Kentucky General Assembly to delay portions of a major state education improvement act if funding to fully implement it can't be found, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday. Kentucky officials had been hoping to win $175 million in the federal Race to the Top program to implement Senate Bill 1, the wide-ranging education package legislators approved in 2009. But Kentucky wasn't among the 10 Race winners announced last week, leaving SB1 funding uncertain. "Depending on the funding streams we can access, there might come a point when we have to say we're not going to be able to do this because there isn't any money available," education department Lisa Gross said Wednesday. "Those are the kinds of things we would look at and go to the legislature with." (Herald-Leader)

MCATC teacher charged with contributing to minors: A teacher at Mason County Area Technology Center has been charged with providing alcohol to two students under the age of 21, said Mason County Sheriff Patrick Boggs. Two Mason County High School students accused 36-year-old auto body instructor Jason Calvert with providing alcohol to them at MCATC. Calvert has been charged with third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a class A misdemeanor. Calvert was lodged in Mason County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash bond. (Ledger-Independent)

JCPS school board delays decision on middle, high schools assignment plan: The Jefferson County Board of Education delayed making a decision on Wednesday on whether to postpone implementing its new student assignment plan for middle and high schools another year. After hearing concerns from about a dozen parents and community members — and a last-minute recommendation by Superintendent Sheldon Berman to implement the middle school plan next year and the high school plan the following year — board members decided to hold off on making a decision until their next meeting on Sept. 13. “This has gotten even more complicated than what it was before,” said board member Joe Hardesty. “I'm frustrated that we have yet another proposal to consider.” (Courier-Journal)

Fort Thomas schools deal with residency issues: Superintendent John Williamson said the increase, which has affected mainly the center of town and Moyer Elementary School, have caused some parents to complain that tuition students are overcrowding the schools. Out of the districts 2,638 students, 174 are tuition students, Williamson said. (Enquirer)

Jessie Clark student faces criminal charges over Facebook postings: A Jessie Clark Middle School student is facing criminal charges because police and school officials say he used Facebook to make threats against the school building. The boy, whose age and name were not released because he is a juvenile, made "comments that basically referred to the destruction of the school," said police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts. She said the statements were posted between Aug. 18 and 25. (Herald-Leader)

Kentucky kids' status worsens, report says: The nation’s economic problems continue to make life harder for Kentucky’s youngest residents, according to a new report by Kentucky Youth Advocates. “That should ring an alarm bell for everyone,” said Terry Brooks, executive director of the non-profit research and advocacy group. “It calls for some action.” The 2010 annual “Kentucky Kids Count” report — released Tuesday — noted that unemployment in Kentucky reached 10.5 percent last year, the state’s highest rate since 1983. (C-J)

KSBA is now on Facebook: The Kentucky School Boards Association is now using Facebook as a new member outreach resource with a primary goal of linking the association’s many information resources into a single venue. Facebook users may go directly to the page here KSBA. Persons interested in registering for the free service may do so here Facebook. As there are other groups that have the same acronym as KSBA on Facebook, click here KSBA to join the correct page. (KSBA)

Ben-Gal / teacher goes public about lawsuit against gossip website: A Dixie Heights High School teacher who moonlights as a Ben-Gals cheerleader spoke publicly Monday for the first time since winning an $11 million default judgment against a company she says owns a gossip website that defamed her. "This is not a publicity stunt," Sarah Jones, 25, said. "This is not for media. I don't want my face out there. I want to teach, and that is all I want to do." U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman handed down the judgment last week against Dirty Word Entertainment Recordings. Jones' attorney, Eric Deters, claimed in the suit that the California limited liability corporation does business under the name However, the website that had posts questioning Jones' moral turpitude was (Enquirer)

No comments: