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Fayette County test scores drop; district rated ‘needs improvement’

Statewide test results for 2015-16 show that the Fayette County school district’s overall classification dropped from “proficient” in 2014-15 back to “needs improvement,” where it was two years ago. Fayette County’s overall 2016 score is 64.9 out of 100, down from its 2014-15 score of 66.7. The results were made public early Thursday.

Education

UK students reported 837 sexual assaults in 1 year, but almost none went to police

University of Kentucky students reported slightly fewer sexual assaults on campus in the second annual campus safety survey, but a high number of them are still not reported to the UK authorities. Of the 23,000 students who responded to the Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (CATS) survey for 2015-2016, 837 reported some kind of sexual assault, compared to 1,050 the year before. Only 20 percent reported to any UK source, including the police, the VIP counseling center or a faculty or staff member. Just over 1 percent went to the Lexington police and the vast majority, about 60 percent told a friend or family member.

Education

Fayette buying land for elementary school on Athens-Boonesboro Road

After months of negotiations, the Fayette County school board voted Monday to buy 39 acres adjacent to Edythe J. Hayes Middle School on Athens-Boonesboro Road for a new elementary school. The board also approved a $477 million budget for the 2016-17 school year that includes start-up costs for the new high school on Winchester Road.

Education

Center funded by Koch brothers, pizza magnate splits UK council

The University of Kentucky’s Senate Council split its votes over approval of a proposed free enterprise center funded by the Charles Koch Foundation and John Schnatter, but the matter will still move to the full university senate. The council voted unanimously to approve the academic content of the proposed program, but then voted 4-3 not to endorse its academic structure, including the donation agreement.

Education

No more A for effort, extra credit or zeros at two Fayette schools

Two Lexington high schools — Bryan Station and Paul Laurence Dunbar — are ditching traditional grading policies in search of fair and meaningful grades. At Bryan Station High School, students will no longer be able to raise their grade with extra credit or with extra points for effort, participation or following class rules. Dunbar is going even further, adopting a standards-based grading system that in Fayette County has been tried at Tates Creek Middle School and Dixie Elementary.

Education

Kentucky school assaults against staff up in 2014-15, report says

The number of students charged with assaults in the third degree at Kentucky schools rose significantly in one year by 51.3 percent, according to an annual school safety report released Thursday. “This is very troubling since assault in the third degree involves assaults against certified and classified personnel in the school system,” the 2014-15 School Safety Data Report on Law said.

Education

Binge drinking, guns on campus among issues at EKU safety summit

The state’s first “Campus Safety Summit” will be sponsored Friday in Richmond by the Council on Postsecondary Education and Eastern Kentucky University. Featuring national and state experts, the summit will present best practices on key topics, including guns on campus, cyber safety, crisis communications, student mental health, and binge and underage drinking. The summit will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at EKU’s Perkins Building. Staff from more than 20 public and private campuses will attend.

Education

Bevin’s midyear cuts to universities were illegal, Kentucky Supreme Court says

The Kentucky Supreme Court dealt a decisive blow to Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive power Thursday, finding that he exceeded his statutory authority by cutting state universities’ budgets by 2 percent this spring, after the General Assembly had already appropriated their funding. The 5-2 ruling reverses a May 18 decision by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate, who said the state’s universities and colleges are part of the executive branch of government and that Bevin has the power to reduce budget allotments to units within that branch.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner visits Maxwell Elementary

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi visited Maxwell Spanish Immersion Elementary for a morning assembly in the gymnasium to talk to students. The 2014 Nobel winner also sang with the students and answered their questions on a variety of topics.
cbertram@herald-leader.com
Nobel Peace Prize winner visits Maxwell Elementary 1:19

Nobel Peace Prize winner visits Maxwell Elementary

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Great Crossing High School?

Andy Beshear on UK's lawsuit against student newspaper 1:07

Andy Beshear on UK's lawsuit against student newspaper

Tour UK's new science building 2:21

Tour UK's new science building