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KDE accepting applications from school students for 2023-2024 Commissioners Student Advisory Council

Applications are now available for positions on the 2023-2024 Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council (CSAC), a group that provides input to Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass. The group meets monthly with Glass and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Kentucky. “Kentucky has long been a leader...

NKU receives donation of high-precision measuring instruments from Waters Corporation

The Northern Kentucky University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is has received a donation of three high-precision measuring instruments worth $350,000 from the Waters Corporation. The instruments will enhance undergraduate and graduate studies in the university’s teaching and research laboratories. (Photo from NKU) “This donation demonstrates the advantages of the close ties between...

TMU student, Villa Hills native Paige Leigh Landers appearing in Sundance Film Festival in ‘Starling Girl’

“The Starling Girl,” a film featuring Thomas More University student Paige Leigh Landers, has been selected for inclusion in the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, running January 19-29. The prestigious, 44-year-old film festival is an annual gathering that brings together storytellers and audiences for dramatic and documentary features, short films, and episodic content. The festival also hosts...

KY Dept. of Education’s Student Advisory Council presents its report on increasing school safety

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council, presented a report on potential actions to increase school safety, which they began following last year’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. “We all had a lot of big emotions and we needed somewhere to put that,” said council member Malley Taylor, a junior at Craft Academy in Rowan County....

Scholarship fund honoring 2007 Beechwood graduate Jordan McFaull established at Horizon Funds

A memorial scholarship benefitting Beechwood High School students is now housed with Horizon Community Funds. The scholarship was created after the passing of Jordan McFaull, a graduate of Beechwood’s class of 2007. “This scholarship helps to provide opportunities to Northern Kentucky students, and we’re excited to be a part of it,” said Nancy Grayson, President and CEO of Horizon Community...

KDE seeking public comment on Consolidated State Plan prior to submission to U.S. Dept. of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is accepting public comment on revisions to Kentucky’s Consolidated State Plan to implement the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Public comments must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 27. The revised plan can be viewed on KDE’s website. KDE also has submitted the plan to Gov. Andy Beshear for review. (Click to review full plan) Amendments...

Covington schools’ tech team wins state DOE award for getting devices to every child for learning at home

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the technology department of Covington Independent Public Schools was tasked with putting devices in the hands of every student in the district so that they could have access to learning from home. Until then, only Holmes High School and Holmes Middle School students had devices and were considered one-to-one schools. From 2020-22, the district went completely one-to-one,...

‘Hilary Banks’ of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Karyn Parsons) to speak at NKU during Black History Month

Karyn Parsons, best known for playing Hilary Banks in the hit television comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, will give a lecture at Northern Kentucky University on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the university’s Black History Month programming. The lecture will take place in the H. Gordon and Thelma S. Martin Ballroom at the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union. NKU’s Black and Brown Educators...

Villa Madonna Academy earns College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Villa Madonna Academy High School has earned the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP computer science courses. More than 1,100 institutions achieved either 50% or higher female representation in one of...

New report shows bachelor’s degrees in Kentucky flat while graduate degrees show sharp rise

A new report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows that total degrees and credentials grew slightly in 2021-22, while bachelor’s degrees declined and graduate-level degrees made impressive gains. Total degrees and credentials grew 0.6% in 2021-22 over the previous year, following a slight dip at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2016-17, total degrees and credentials...

Kentucky action network to examine food and housing insecurity on college campuses

The statistics are alarming. More than half of all college students across the nation struggle to meet their needs for food, housing and other basic necessities, which can adversely affect their ability to succeed in school, according to The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice. In Kentucky, college enrollment of students from low-income families has been declining for nearly a decade. Yet,...

EdChoice KY to hold gathering at State Capitol to highlight National School Choice Week on January 24

Students, parents, educators, and school choice supporters from across Kentucky will come together for a press conference in Frankfort at the State Capitol to highlight the resilient desire for school choice in the Bluegrass State.  The event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 10-11 a.m.at the Back Steps of the Kentucky Capitol (700 Capital Avenue in Frankfort). In the wake of the Kentucky Supreme...

Teacher Amy Clancy: Wake up, parents. Your children are in danger from social media; time to step up

Social media took the world by storm and as parents, we had to ‘fly the plane’ while it was being built. We were unaware of the dangers of social media, and there are many. As studies and life itself has commenced, we have all seen horrible things come from social media: suicide, predators, actions led by disinformation, exploitation of children and so much more. Our children hold a tool in their...

UK offering online, in-person workshops to help Kentucky teachers expand Holocaust education

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Teachers across the Commonwealth have the opportunity to enhance K-12 Holocaust education through a University of Kentucky-led training initiative. Educators can register for online and in-person Holocaust education workshops, offered from late January through early June of 2023. Funded by a grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund (JHF), the UK-JHF Holocaust Education...

NKY Chamber to host one of six 2023 National Civics Bees, an effort to encourage students to become better informed about democracy

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) has been selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as one of six local chambers in Kentucky to host the 2023 National Civics Bee, an initiative aimed at encouraging more young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities.   Organized in partnership with The Civic Trust of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation,...