Eastern Standard for January 2, 2020

Jan 2, 2020

Listen to Robert Gipe, Sky & Geoff Marietta, and Robin Mason describe their entrepreneurial enterprises in Eastern Kentucky communities. Also: cultivating the school principal's CEO chops. An interview with the Kentucky Chamber's Kelly Wolf and Michael Price, an alumni of the Chamber's School Principal Leadership Institute.

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Seasonal Illness Impacting Some Kentucky Schools

Nov 25, 2019
Mary Meehan / WEKU.Fm and The Ohio Valley ReSource

  Changing weather is bringing a wave of seasonal illness that has impacted some Kentucky schools. Kentucky health officials are encouraging people to take precautions to avoid contagious diseases like the flu, stomach viruses, and strep throat.


Several school districts from around Kentucky have closed for a day or two because of high rates of illness among students and staff. Schools in Berea closed for two days last week. 



Kentucky’s public schools would be required to post the national motto of “In God We Trust” inside their buildings under legislation that’s been pre-filed for next legislative session. Hhe bill is being sponsored by a LaRue County evangelist.

This week in Kentucky politics, speculation flared that Kentucky’s new education leaders would try to take over Louisville’s public school district. Plus, a judge ruled that Attorney General Andy Beshear  can sue the governor over the pension bill that was signed into law earlier this month. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled. 

Fayette Schools Take a Day Off for Solar Eclipse

Aug 7, 2017

The Fayette County School Board has voted to change the school calendar, partly based on safety concerns related to this month’s solar eclipse. 

The switching of dates became official Monday.

Kentucky Charter Schools on Eastern Standard

May 8, 2017
Marisa Hempel

Kentucky’s General Assembly has passed legislation that will allow  Charter schools to open as early as next year.


On this week’s EST, we’ll learn more about Charter schools and where they’re most likely to first appear in the Commonwealth. Guests on this week's program include:

A controversial bill that would change the way local school districts assign students to schools is running out of time as lawmakers close in on the final four working days of the General Assembly.

The bill would give priority to students who live closest to schools — and would likely mean the end of Louisville’s anti-segregation program designed to mingle students from different races, backgrounds and parts of town in the same schools.

The Kentucky House voted 77 to 18 in favor of a school calendar bill offering districts an option for when class begin after summer break.

'Religious Expression Bill' Moving Forward

Mar 6, 2017

The so-called “Freedom of Religious Expression” bill is before Kentucky House members and likely to get a vote this week after winning overwhelming approval in the Senate.

Senate Bill 17 spells out permission for school students to voluntarily express religious or political viewpoints in school assignments or during school activities.   Elizabethtown Representative Tim Moore carried the bill in the House Education Committee.


The  Senate Education Committee Thursday unanimously approved legislation requiring all Kentucky public schools to be tobacco free . The measure calls for posting “no smoking” signs and developing local school tobacco policies.

Stu Johnson/WEKU


Officials at the Fayette County School System are recruiting more volunteers to assist some of its 41,000 students.

 Business, faith based, education or civic groups are being asked to encourage members to take part in Give10 by giving up to 10 hours a month volunteering in schools. The new initiative was announced Thursday at Harrison Elementary School.  

Common Core Education Standards on Eastern Standard

Sep 24, 2014

Earlier this year, Kentucky school officials announced an effort to gather public input on Common Core educational standards.  The standards represent what students in kindergarten through high school should know by the end of each grade.

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