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The latest updates from my Twitter account as well as news items regarding the campaign and education from around the state and nation. 

Featured From nprED: The Promise And Peril Of School Vouchers Turning kids away Unlike voucher programs in some other states, participating private schools in Indiana have the freedom to do what they've always done: admit or reject students based on their own guidelines, even if those students are using taxpayer-funded vouchers. Behning defends that decision, saying it was important that schools retain their ability to be selective. "The one reason we let schools have some admissions criteria is we did not want to change the very fiber of those schools." What qualifies as fiber? A spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Education, Adam Baker, says "a private school can deny a student based on past academic performance or prior disciplinary action," among other criteria. Some schools post GPA requirements on their websites. Struggling students need not apply. Ditto students with a suspension. This has raised fears among the state's public school leaders that private schools are cherry-picking. "Anecdotally, yes, we hear that schools can cherry-pick," Baker says, but he insists that the state has "never received a formal complaint from a parent." Read More...

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From nprED: The Promise And Peril Of School Vouchers

Turning kids away

Unlike voucher programs in some other states, participating private schools in Indiana have the freedom to do what they've always done: admit or reject students based on their own guidelines, even if those students are using taxpayer-funded vouchers.

Behning defends that decision, saying it was important that schools retain their ability to be selective. "The one reason we let schools have some admissions criteria is we did not want to change the very fiber of those schools."

What qualifies as fiber?

A spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Education, Adam Baker, says "a private school can deny a student based on past academic performance or prior disciplinary action," among other criteria.

Some schools post GPA requirements on their websites. Struggling students need not apply. Ditto students with a suspension. This has raised fears among the state's public school leaders that private schools are cherry-picking.

"Anecdotally, yes, we hear that schools can cherry-pick," Baker says, but he insists that the state has "never received a formal complaint from a parent."

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December 2017 Issue of Shelby County Life Magazine

Thank you to Duanne Puckett for the chance to sit down and talk about Shelby County Public Schools' Profile of a Graduate. Sarah has a new sharpie and is accepting requests for autographs. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 From The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy: The Funding Gap Between Kentucky’s Poor and Wealthy School Districts Continues to Grow As a result of decreasing reliance on state funding for education and an increasing reliance on local school district resources, the gap in per-pupil funding between the state’s poorest and wealthiest districts is growing.  Read More...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

From The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy: The Funding Gap Between Kentucky’s Poor and Wealthy School Districts Continues to Grow

As a result of decreasing reliance on state funding for education and an increasing reliance on local school district resources, the gap in per-pupil funding between the state’s poorest and wealthiest districts is growing. 

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Heritage Elementary Art Night

Heritage Elementary Art Night

Friday, September 29, 2017 A letter sent earlier this month from Kentucky State Budget Director John Chilton put city, county and school board officials on notice that big pension budget changes were coming, whether they were ready or not. Read More...

Friday, September 29, 2017

A letter sent earlier this month from Kentucky State Budget Director John Chilton put city, county and school board officials on notice that big pension budget changes were coming, whether they were ready or not.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – At a special meeting in Frankfort today, the Kentucky Board of Education unanimously approved the regulation that will govern Kentucky’s new accountability system under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Senate Bill 1 (2017). Read More...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – At a special meeting in Frankfort today, the Kentucky Board of Education unanimously approved the regulation that will govern Kentucky’s new accountability system under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Senate Bill 1 (2017).

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Sentinel News Friday, September 8th, 2017 School may be closed Monday, but Shelby County students are encouraged to keep higher education on their minds, as the Shelbyville Area NAACP will host its first college fair at Northside Early Childhood Center in the midst of the holiday. “I know it’s an odd day, but we figure they are going to go to school the next day anyway and it will only take about thirty-five to forty minutes for them to see the different colleges,” said Roland Dale, who is helping organize the event. At least seven different schools from around the state have confirmed their participation, Dale said, noting in addition to admission counselors, they hope some athletic coaches will attend. “We talked to some coaches and are hoping to get the teams there for those interested in going to school to play [sports],” he said, adding attendees would be able to inquire about the necessary requirements to participate and what types of scholarships may be offered. This is the first year the local NAACP chapter has hosted a college fair, and Dale said it was something they felt was needed. Read More...

Sentinel News Friday, September 8th, 2017

School may be closed Monday, but Shelby County students are encouraged to keep higher education on their minds, as the Shelbyville Area NAACP will host its first college fair at Northside Early Childhood Center in the midst of the holiday.

“I know it’s an odd day, but we figure they are going to go to school the next day anyway and it will only take about thirty-five to forty minutes for them to see the different colleges,” said Roland Dale, who is helping organize the event.

At least seven different schools from around the state have confirmed their participation, Dale said, noting in addition to admission counselors, they hope some athletic coaches will attend.

“We talked to some coaches and are hoping to get the teams there for those interested in going to school to play [sports],” he said, adding attendees would be able to inquire about the necessary requirements to participate and what types of scholarships may be offered.

This is the first year the local NAACP chapter has hosted a college fair, and Dale said it was something they felt was needed.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 The Shelby County Board of Education honored the district's Governor's Scholars on Thursday. The scholar participants include: Hannah Cleary, Rachel Everage, Matthew Munsterman, Caroline Burkhardt, Grant Early, Meredith Gaither, Kimberlee Hebdon, Alicia Reeder, Johnna Warkentine, Katharina Warkentine, Lindsay Creque, Renee Stohlmann, Benjamin Betts, Noah Gartland and Hanako Boucher.... Read More...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Shelby County Board of Education honored the district's Governor's Scholars on Thursday. The scholar participants include: Hannah Cleary, Rachel Everage, Matthew Munsterman, Caroline Burkhardt, Grant Early, Meredith Gaither, Kimberlee Hebdon, Alicia Reeder, Johnna Warkentine, Katharina Warkentine, Lindsay Creque, Renee Stohlmann, Benjamin Betts, Noah Gartland and Hanako Boucher....

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes for its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, a new member will share the table.  Will Barnett was selected at the end of May and will be officially sworn into the position on Thursday at the start of the meeting, at 7 p.m. at Central Office..... Read More...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes for its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, a new member will share the table.  Will Barnett was selected at the end of May and will be officially sworn into the position on Thursday at the start of the meeting, at 7 p.m. at Central Office.....

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