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Kids Count report: The pandemic’s toll — only 1 in 4 eight-graders are proficient in math; why that matters

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on math scores across the United States, with just 1 in 4 eighth-graders achieving proficiency, according to 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results. The last time eighth-graders fared so poorly in math was over two decades ago in 2000. American students fared better from 2009 to 2019, with 1 in 3 eighth-graders hitting the math proficiency...

ParentCamp offering a virtual program in partnership with National Alliance of Black School Educators on Nov. 30

In partnership with National Alliance of Black School Educators, ParentCamp is hosting a Virtual ParentCamp on November 30. Facilitators who will drive powerful conversations about discipline practices, building relationships, and the importance of understanding culture and communication. Registration is open now for Wednesday, November 30’s Virtual ParentCamp from 8-to 9 p.m. Registration will turn...

CPE outlines 2023 legislative priorities — addressing workforce shortages, easing college transition top list

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson outlined the agency’s 2023 legislative priorities for higher education at a meeting of the council last week. The priorities include addressing Kentucky’s teacher and healthcare workforce shortages, strengthening the pathways between K-12 and college, and improving access to postsecondary programs for working-age adults. “Our...

City of Covington Mayor’s Holiday Reading Challenge motivates young readers through chance for prizes

’Tis the season for young readers and pre-readers in The Cov to accept the mission at hand: the annual Mayor’s Holiday Reading Challenge is underway with a whole lot of prizes at stake. The challenge runs until Dec. 31 and is open to all Covington children Pre-K through Grade 3 who are enrolled in the free bilingual apps offered through the Read Ready Covington early childhood literacy initiative:...

Ballyshannon teacher Erika Bowles among 11 new members named to KDA Principals Advisory Council

Ballyshannon Middle School teacher Erika Bowles is among 11 new members selected to join the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Principals Advisory Council (PrAC). Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass on Tuesday announced the new additions to the council, which is designed to provide input to the commissioner and KDE leadership about important topics in Kentucky schools. The council has...

KDA opens applications for 2023 summer internship program to all Kentucky college students

(Image from KDA) The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is encouraging Kentucky college students seeking a career in agriculture or government to apply for positions in KDA’s internship program for the 2023 summer. “Kentucky Department of Agriculture internships offer the unique opportunity to work alongside our employees and agriculture community,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This experience...

Governor declares College Application Month, hoping students pursue education beyond high school

Governor Andy Beshear has declared November 2022 as College Application Month in the Commonwealth, encouraging more Kentucky students to pursue education beyond high school graduation. Led by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), College Application Month seeks to increase the number of Kentucky students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credentials. KHEAA’s...

KY students in grades K-12 invited to enter 2023 Department of Agiculture Poster and Essay Contest

Kentucky students in grades K-12 are invited to enter the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) annual Poster and Essay Contest, KDA has announced. The theme of the 2023 contest is “Kentucky Agriculture is Everywhere,” encouraging contestants to illustrate in words or pictures how agriculture impacts their everyday world. (Photo form KDA) “Agriculture is everywhere. It’s in the things...

Ludlow Independent School District among 13 across state to participate in college success program

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and OneGoal, a leading postsecondary success organization, announced that 13 Kentucky public school districts will participate in a statewide effort to receive postsecondary professional coaching at the school and district leadership levels to improve college readiness outcomes for students. The inaugural...

Sixth Northern Kentucky University President Ashish Vaidya steps down; leaving December 19

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter   Northern Kentucky University is looking for a new president. It was announced late Thursday at a special meeting of the university’s board of regents that Ashish Vaidya will be departing as president on Dec. 19.  He took over the office July 1, 2018, as NKU’s sixth president. There was no mention at the meeting why Vaidya was leaving but a news release later...

Gateway Community and Technical College to offer couple’s massage clinic November 21 in Covington

Massage Therapy Technology students and faculty at Gateway Community and Technical College are hosting a couple’s/partner massage workshop at the college’s Professional Services Building in Covington on November 21. The workshop is based on simple, easy-to-learn techniques that are designed to teach beginners the therapeutic benefits and basic skills of massage therapy that can be performed at...

NKU sets fundraising record with over $84.5 million raised during ‘Further, Faster’ giving campaign

Northern Kentucky University concluded its Further, Faster: The Campaign for NKU, ending with more than $84.5 million raised. NKU began raising funds for this campaign in July 2014, launching the Further, Faster campaign publicly in the spring of 2019. Despite having to navigate the final years of this fundraising campaign during a global pandemic, at its conclusion, this marks the most successful...

BIA to run workshop-based academy as Covington-owned old Colonial Inn becomes hands-on classroom

For years, the massive three-story building at 1515 Madison Ave. has been a drain on Covington taxpayers, first as a frequent source of drug and prostitution complaints that got it a spot on the reality TV program COPS, and later as an abandoned eyesore that required its sudden new owner – the City – to cut its grass and keep it boarded up. Soon, however, that will change. The former Colonial...

Kentucky 4-H teaches members compassion and appreciation through service-learning projects


A Kentucky 4-H member makes a no-sew blanket (Photo from Kentucky 4-H) Kellsey Agnew Kentucky 4-H During the holidays, our attention often goes to how we can help others and give back to our communities. Kentucky 4-H youth practice this caring attitude throughout the year. By participating in 4-H, members learn ways to become engaged citizens in their communities with the hope that they become future...