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Outside of the debates, Trump and Biden have been delivering speeches to encourage voters to support them.

Commission on Presidential Debates Changes Rules

October 22, 2020

On Sept. 29, President Trump and Joe Biden debated each other in a new style of relentlessly interrupting one another, visibly aggravating moderator Chris Wallace.  The first presidential debate of 2020 matched the turbulent atmosphere that has encompassed 2020. Viewers watched as both candidates took turns speaking and also took each other's turns.  Reporters from the Washington Post cover...

Graphic by Logan Justice representing key issues in education that Kentucky faces.

Student Added to KY Board of Education

October 13, 2020

On July 21, Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order to add a Student Ex-Officio Member to the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE). This step is one that fewer than half of the United States has taken, and it is being celebrated as a win for student voice in Kentucky. On Oct. 2, KDE announced that Solyana Mesfin, a junior at Eastern High School in Jefferson County, will be the first student ...

Some students report that logging into a Chromebook can take a little longer, and that the computers aren't as fast as others.

Some Students Still Need Chromebooks for NTI

October 9, 2020

Before the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, students were given the opportunity to request a Chromebook or an internet hotspot in order to be equipped for the upcoming online learning school year.  A Chromebook looks similar to a laptop but is different because it runs Chrome OS. A hotspot is a portable device that will provide internet access to a Chromebook or computer device. Both of these are essential to students for comp...

The lengthy virtual Board of Education meeting left members frustrated and confused due to a lack of planning.

Board, Stakeholders Still Searching for Answers

October 7, 2020

On Sept. 28, the Fayette County Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting virtually with one pressing item on the agenda: the return to in-person learning. The meeting lasted over 3 ½ hours and primarily focused on a hybrid model and what was described as targeted services, although neither had a clearly outlined plan. Among the 5.7K comments posted during the live stream of the ...

Staff artist Dylan Stern explains how to register to vote and cast a ballot in this year's elections.

Students’ Guide to Voting in 2020

October 2, 2020

Students who will turn 18 prior to Nov. 3 can register to vote at GoVoteKY.com. Those who have already registered to vote can confirm their registration and update their address on the same site. There are two ways to cast a ballot: by absentee ballot or in person. Whether voting in-person or absentee, voters can get a sample ballot and learn more about the candidates at vote411.org. Absentee Vot...

FCPS Board of Education discussion with UK and Fayette County Health Department officials.

Searching for Guidance

September 27, 2020

The Fayette County Public School (FCPS) Board of Education held a special meeting on Sept. 25 to discuss the incidence rate and community spread of COVID-19 in relation to the return to in-person school. Superintendent Manny Caulk began the meeting by reviewing the protocols and guidance set by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and quickly turned the floor over to Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig ...

Kentucky is continuing to release daily updates on the number of new COVID-19 cases in each county.

Fayette County Reaches “Red” COVID Incidence Rate

September 23, 2020

In an email to FCPS families on Wednesday, Superintendent Manny Caulk revealed that a delay in “data entry” led to underreporting of COVID-19 cases on the state’s “COVID-19 Current Incidence Rate” map. Now that the error has been corrected, Fayette County’s incidence rate has changed from orange to red on the map, meaning Lexington is reporting at least 25 daily cases per 100,000 residents...

Memorial for Breonna Taylor in Jefferson Square in Louisville, Kentucky.

Attorney General Announces Decision Not to Prosecute Officers for Killing of Breonna Taylor

September 23, 2020

Soon after midnight on March 13, Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed in her home in Louisville. LMPD officers entered her residence, executing a no-knock warrant investigating two men believed to be selling drugs.  The warrant was issued because police believed Ms. Taylor’s home was being used to receive narcotic orders. No drugs were found in the apartment. Her death sparked nationwide protests on...

Staff Artist Dylan Stern's portrait of Justice Ginsberg bears one of her most famous quotes--a meaningful statement for women of all ages.

May Her Memory Be a Blessing

September 19, 2020

The tragic passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an especially severe blow to the Jewish community. The death of the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court coincided with Erev Rosh Hashanah, the eve of the Jewish New Year, one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar.  Already dispirited by the limitations imposed by COVID-19, celebratory Jewish services were further sad...

Protesters taped a handmade banner outside the FCPS building on Main Street.

Parents Protest, Want Option for In-Person Instruction

September 15, 2020

On the evening of Sept. 14, a group of around 50 parents and children gathered outside the office of Fayette County Public Schools to protest Fayette County’s virtual learning policy. The protest was scheduled to coincide with the FCPS Board’s monthly virtual planning meeting. However, the board announced that it will not decide whether to resume in-person instruction until the meeting on Sept. 28. ...

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, seen protesting in Portland Oregon.

Pro Athletes Protest Against Racism

August 27, 2020

Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback for the San Fransisco 49ers, took a knee during the National anthem four years ago to protest the wrongdoings that happen to African Americans and other minorities in the country. He has not been able to play another game after that moment.  Today, many major sports leagues are postponing their games and leading strikes in the wake so many murders of Black pe...

Ms. Rains sent messages by mail and email to Dunbar families.

Back-to-NTI

August 22, 2020

In a message sent to students and families on Aug. 10, Principal Betsy Rains explained the structure and schedule for non-traditional instruction this school year. On Aug. 17, she sent another message with details on the distribution of textbooks, Chromebooks, and other class materials.  Before school starts Sophomores and juniors can pick up necessary resources, including Chromebooks, in a drive-through...