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Coming home: The educational ally raising scores, and keeping kids in eastern Ky.

10/25/2016 12:19 PM

Editor’s Note: This is part two in a series of two overview articles on education in Kentucky, and unlikely ally in eastern Kentucky’s push for a path towards more positive outcomes. Part 1 focused on how the program was filling the gaps in eastern Kentucky schools. Test scores are up in school districts across eastern Kentucky. And while some districts are still classified as “needs improvement,” others, such as Floyd County, are setting the standard for the state ranking... Read more 

Filling the gaps: How a national education group is seeking to help eastern Kentucky schools

10/24/2016 03:22 PM

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of two overview articles on education in Kentucky, and unlikely ally in eastern Kentucky’s push for a path towards more positive outcomes. A controversial education program has been operating in eastern Kentucky for five years in an effort to change the narrative in the historically impoverished area. Teach for America has been around for nearly three decades, but when the program, aimed at creating education equality, came to eastern Kentucky... Read more 

Hack-a-thon looks to curtail health issues affecting the Appalachian region of the state

09/30/2016 05:58 PM

An event focusing on creating effective solutions to the health challenges faced by Kentuckians living in Appalachia is coming to southeast Kentucky. The first ever Appalachia Health Hack-a-thon, sponsored by Shaping Our Appalachian Region will take place Oct. 6-8 at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. The three-day event, modeled after MIT’s Hacking Medicine program that has helped develop solutions to some of the toughest problems in medicine, will bring together people with different backgrounds and expertise to form teams, collaborate... Read more 

School safety data report shows student assaults against school personnel up significantly

09/28/2016 07:22 PM

RICHMOND — Third-degree assaults by students against school teachers, administrators and staff in Kentucky’s K-12 public schools have risen 51.3 percent, according to the recently released Kentucky Center for School Safety 2014-15 School Safety Data Report on Law Violations. Third-degree assaults rose from a total of 150 during the 2013-14 school year to 227 for 2014-15. KCSS Executive Director Jon Akers said his updated research shows that the problem has grown significantly and is showing no signs of slowing down. Akers talked... Read more 

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch discusses heroin scourge in Kentucky

09/20/2016 04:14 PM

RICHMOND – U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that the key to fighting heroin and opioid addiction is recognizing it is a disease, and offering intensive treatment for addicts while continuing to come down hard on the traffickers. Lynch, who was sworn in as the 83rd Attorney General on April 27, 2015, participated in a town hall meeting on Tuesday morning at Madison Central High School in Richmond to launch the inaugural National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week. She appeared... Read more 

Human trafficking advocate Cindy McCain awarded for lifetime achievement at Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards

09/17/2016 11:59 AM

LOUISVILLE — When humanitarian and businesswoman Cindy McCain took the stage to accept her Lifetime Achievement Award at Saturday’s Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, the moment she encountered the horrors of human trafficking weighed heavy on her mind. It happened while shopping during a trip to Kolkata, India, years ago. As she detailed to NPR earlier this year, she spotted dozens of little girls’ eyes spying her between slats in the kiosk’s flooring. She didn’t do anything then, but “one person... Read more 

Gatton Academy attracting high school students looking for a more challenging curriculum

09/16/2016 02:44 PM

BOWLING GREEN – Students who attend the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, a residential program for bright, highly motivated Kentucky high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated interest in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, do so because they feel like they are not getting enough from their local high schools. Gatton, which is in its 10th year of operation on the campus of Western Kentucky University, had its students move back into Florence Schneider Hall... Read more 

Gatton Academy celebrates 10th year with their largest enrollment

09/15/2016 04:50 PM

BOWLING GREEN – This school year marks the 10th anniversary for the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, and the institution currently has its largest enrollment in history. Last month, 100 juniors and 60 seniors moved back into Florence Schneider Hall which underwent renovation for a year to accommodate up to 200 students, thanks to private and state money to expand the capacity of the building. The academy, one of Kentucky’s two residential high schools where juniors and seniors interested... Read more 

FED UP! holds rally to raise awareness of need for more federal dollars for opioid addiction treatment

08/31/2016 04:34 PM

LOUISVILLE — A coalition of people who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction held a rally in downtown Louisville on Wednesday, urging more federal funding for treatment. More federal dollars for opioid treatment was the message today at the FED UP! Overdose Awareness Rally in downtown Louisville. FED UP! is a coalition of individuals who have lost family members to opioid addiction. Emily Walden, who runs a Kentucky chapter of the Florida-based organization Stop the Organized Pill Pushers Now and organized... Read more 

Craft Academy juniors and seniors look to bond together for 2016/17 school year

08/29/2016 02:27 PM

MOREHEAD – The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics began their second year of operation with 60 juniors and 60 seniors for the first time. Last year, the academy, a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students housed on the campus of Morehead State University, opened with 60 juniors. This year, the seniors get to be something to the younger students, that the inaugural class did not have, someone to look up to. Senior Mitchell Grouthaus of Kenton County... Read more 


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