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Compassionate Schools Project announces LouisvilleKY program fully under way

Most comprehensive study of 21st-century health & wellness curriculum involves 25 JCPS schools LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Mayor Greg Fischer, Superintendent Donna M. Hargens, Patrick H. Tolan, Ph. D. of the University of Virginia, and Owsley Brown III today announced the launch of full implementation of the Compassionate Schools Project in the Jefferson County Public Schools, as well as four major supporting investments in the effort, totaling $4.4 million. The announcement came during a press conference at Rutherford Elementary School, where students and an instructor demonstrated exercises from the curriculum. The Compassionate Schools Project is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken…


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LouisvilleKY explores “Say Yes” opportunity, which could provide scholarships to all high school grads

Informational Meeting for Community Partner Programs on Monday LOUISVILLE (July 25, 2016) –  Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens will meet with community leaders this afternoon to learn more about “Say Yes to Education,”  a national foundation that could help Louisville become the next community to guarantee a tuition-free college option to all high school graduates. “This could be transformational for Louisville’s next generation of leaders – and it would shift the landscape of economic development for decades to come,” Mayor Fischer said. “Imagine if every child in Louisville could go to college, without…


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LouisvilleKY schools focus of Harvard poverty study

Mayor Fischer, Superintendent Hargens and Community Leaders Begin Harvard Project to Tackle Systemic Poverty Issues “By All Means” initiative kicks off with two-day session in Cambridge CAMBRIDGE (May 19, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens and other Louisville leaders on Wednesday wrapped up two days of intensive learning at the first session of a two-year Harvard Graduate School of Education initiative to study and develop solutions to tackle the impact of poverty on education and child achievement. “Over and over again, people share with me their dream to develop a system that gives every child a…


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Louisville Ky families invited to Give a Day clothing giveaway

Community Members Encouraged to “Take What You Can Tote” Volunteers Also Needed for the Annual Clothing Giveaway Event Louisville, Ky. – Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and the 15th District Parent Teacher Association (PTA), in partnership with Louisville Metro Government and Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give a Day week of service, are encouraging Louisville families to “Take What You Can Tote” on Saturday, April 16. The annual clothing giveaway event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clothing Assistance Program (CAP) building, 319 S. 15th Street. Each year, community members are invited to the CAP building to…


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Louisville Ky’s school system names new communications chief

Louisville, Ky., – Jefferson County Public Schools has a new spokesperson: Allison Martin. According to local news reports, JCPS says Martin will take over January 14, 2016. Martin has served as chief of staff and communications director for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, deputy communications director for former Mayor Jerry Abramson and as a reporter/anchor at WLKY. “Martin is a passionate supporter of public education and a highly experienced communicator who has great familiarity with JCPS, both as a parent and through her work overseeing education communications for the Mayor’s office,” said Superintendent Donna Hargens in a statement. “She is…


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Louisville’s Kindergarten Countdown Fair at Slugger Field July 28

LOUISVILLE (July 27, 2015) – Hundreds of 5-year-olds are expected to swarm Louisville Slugger Field the evening of July 28 for the annual Kindergarten Countdown Fair – the main event of the city’s yearly initiative to help prepare students entering school for the first time. “This is an important milestone,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.  “I want our kids to get excited about the first day of school, and I want parents to know how to prepare their children. Kindergarten is the first step to a successful education and bright future.” The Kindergarten Countdown Fair is Tuesday, July 28 at Louisville…


Thousands of Louisville High School Seniors Sign on to College

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Nearly 1,500 college-bound seniors in Louisville have been recognized for their commitment to go to college and earn a degree. The students were honored at a celebration Monday at the KFC Yum! Center. Jefferson County Public Schools, the KFC Yum! Center and 55,000 Degrees – Louisville’s education movement – joined forces to host College Signing Day. “It’s always exciting when you see people gather around when a high school athlete signs on for college,” said Mayor Greg Fischer, chairman of 55,000 Degrees. “But this event recognizes that every college decision is exciting! These students are not only…


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JCPS Up Next in Mismanagement City

Is anyone out there surprised by the new report from JCPS that found the giant organization is overpaying its administrations, has flawed hiring policies, that nepotism is rampant, and that it needs to trim its staff significantly? I’m not. Like MSD before it, there just seems to be a pervasive attitude by administrators in these public positions that they’re entitled to operate the way they want, that they can hire whoever they want for whatever job they choose. Excess is king. And it’s all because it’s not THEIR money. You remember the WLKY report by Duane Pohlman on the ridiculous…


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A Place That’s Full of Ideas, Including a $10 Million One

Some Good, Bad, and Crazy Ideas: Can Money Buy Happiness, or a Bridge? David Jones is offering up $10 million if public officials will just agree to get started building an East End bridge. Nice gesture. Not gonna happen, even though Jones says construction could be completed in just two years. A List of Ideas: I like #s 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 on Brian Tucker’s list of radical, novel bridge ideas. Especially #6. Dismiss and divest of all power every single person sitting on the Bridges Authority board. Throw away all the studies, drawings, and opinions of…


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JCPS Choice is Now Clear

Now that we’ve seen both of the candidates for the Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent post, and knowing that whoever is chosen will be getting a lot of media attention in the next year, I’m ready to cast my vote for Christine Johns-Haines. No, it’s not because she’s better-looking.  At her meeting with the public yesterday, and with a chance to speak from experience on the one main topic that is the absolute number one question on everybody’s mind here, Donna Hargens took a pass. She said she didn’t have an opinion, or refused to give one, on the effectiveness…