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Kentucky’s school rating system is criticized as not strong enough

The latest draft of Kentucky’s proposed statewide system of evaluating schools — the new accountability system — is not strong enough. That’s the message that business, civil rights, community and education advocacy groups have sent in a letter to Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and the Kentucky Board of Education.

Education

For first time in 25 years, all Fayette schools to get new reading books

For the first time in at least 25 years, students in every elementary, middle and high school in Fayette County Public Schools will have access to the same high English language arts materials when school begins this fall. A $6.4 million investment will place textbooks and supplemental instructional resources in every K-12 classroom across public schools in Lexington.

Education

There was a ‘significant delay’ in providing life-saving treatment for Dunbar player who died, attorney says

An attorney for the estate of Paul Laurence Dunbar boys’ basketball player Star Ifeacho who died at the school during an open gym in April says he was not given life saving treatment quickly enough. “Although an AED was supposed to be present in the training room, it had been removed, causing a significant delay in providing life-saving treatment for Star. The autopsy has been completed and there is nothing in the report to indicate that prompt use of an AED would not have saved Star’s life,” the attorney’s statement said.

Education

School vouchers are not a cure-all, says study with UK ties

New research from University of Kentucky Assistant Professor Joseph Waddington is shedding light on how the largest school voucher program in the nation -- in Indiana -- is impacting students. Voucher programs -- and more broadly, school choice -- aren’t a cure-all in the race to improve education outcomes, UK officials said.

State

She died in jail after suffering heroin withdrawal. The jail will pay her mother $750,000.

Jenny Fulton was on parole for a heroin conviction, when, after two years of being clean, she tested positive and landed in the Mason County Detention Center for the violation. She died there four days later after going through heroin withdrawal. The county settled a legal case brought by her mother for $750,000. According to a deposition in that case, a jail sergeant said to a deputy guard, “They’re going to fool around and let her lay there and die.”

Education

UK says it repaid feds $5 million because Hazard doctors didn’t keep good records

Practitioners in a Hazard cardiology practice acquired by UK HealthCare wouldn’t properly document the medical necessity of the surgeries they performed and were unwilling to conform to the University of Kentucky’s standards, according to a document released Thursday by UK. Those two factors led UK to repay $5 million to the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, although an investigation by UK “found no evidence of wrongful intent, deliberate ignorance, or reckless disregard of the law,” according to a PowerPoint presentation given last year to the UK Board of Trustees.

Education

A horse named Millie helps refugee students learn about their new community

A horse named Millie is helping refugee children at a Lansdowne Elementary summer camp learn about their new community. Millie lives at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, a rescue farm in Jessamine County. As part of the center's education program, Take the Reins, about 20 students on Wednesday toured the facilities and met Millie, the horse they have been fostering this summer.