The new edu

independent news & views about our schools from the kentucky student voice team

Down the Drain: School Bathroom Privacy & Upkeep

This is the first installment of Down the Drain on bathroom maintenance (and who pays for messiness) and school bathroom privacy.

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Abena Baidoo

Abena Baidoo is a member of the Kentucky Student Voice Team's inaugural Education Journalism Fellowship Cohort and an eighth grade student at Leestown Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky. She is passionate about a lot of things, including art, music and the new Stranger Things season.

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Austin Vitato

Austin Vitato is currently a freshman at the J Graham Brown School. He is an avid athlete including being a district all-star basketball player! He also loves playing golf, running cross country and swimming for his school’s teams. Family is a very important part of Austin’s life and identity. He is very excited to join the KSVT cohort, and make an impact!

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Avril Rodriguez

Avril Rodriguez is a freshman at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington, Kentucky. Her favorite color is lavender. She loves reading dystopian novels, and spending time with family.

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Carrington Emanuel

Carrington attends Leestown Middle School in Lexington. She is a die hard Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé stan and can rap some songs word for word. She plays clarinet and volleyball and likes to hang out with her friends and family.

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Charlotte Ranallo

Charlotte Ranallo is a freshman. She goes to Owensboro Innovation Academy. She is passionate about equal rights for all. She also enjoys music and coffee.

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Dahlyla Leslie

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Dan Bush

Dan Bush is going into eighth grade at Bondurant Middle School. You can typically find them in the band room practicing bass clarinet when not in classes.

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Embree Higgins

Embree Higgins is an eighth grade student at Leestown Middle School in Lexington and a member of the Kentucky Student Voice Team's inaugural Education Journalism Fellowship Cohort.

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Emma Genson

Emma Genson is member of the inaugural KSVT Education Journalism Fellowship Cohort and a sophomore at Ignite Institute in Erlanger, Kentucky. She has a crazy obsession over 90’s rock music, or just music in general!

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Emma Kerr

Emma Kerr attends Noe Middle School in Louisville,Kentucky. When she's bored, she plays video games like Minecraft and More. She owns 5 amazing cats and, oddly, doesn't like pizza!

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Kei Merrick

Kei Merrick is an an eighth grader at Leestown Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky. He really enjoy free writing and listening to music. He also loves practicing various instruments and reading fiction books.

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Khoa (Ai) Ta

Khoa Ta is a 9th Grade freshman at Owensboro High school in Owensboro, Kentucky. They have an infinite wonder around the topics of business, technology, and law in which they want to better the world with. They believe in human equality and equal opportunities, especially in voicing opinions.

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Lily Alvey

Lily Alvey is a sophomore at Ballard high school. Lily likes to watch old rom coms from the 90’s, and start writing new stories while she’s in the middle of other ones.

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Louis Schlosser

Louis Schlosser is a sophomore at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. When he's not playing tennis or soccer, he enjoys competing on his school's speech and debate team and engaging in outdoor activities.

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Matida Bojang

Matida Bojang is an ninth-grade student at Fredrick Douglas High School, in Lexington, Kentucky. She enjoys reading, writing, listening to music and things that have to do with technology.

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Michael Elliot

Michael Elliott is a sophomore at Ignite Institute in Northern, Kentucky. He's passionate about design work, films, climate change, and other hobbies.

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Willow Bacon

Willow is a 9th grade student at Tate’s Creek High School. You can usually find her drawing, writing, reading, doing color guard, or laying in bed watching Youtube.

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The New Edu is Kentucky's only statewide, independent, student-run education journalism service. Read more from our archives and from our prototype, The Student Voice Forum.

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The Changing Climate Around Environmental Education in Kentucky Classrooms

How we teach environmental education in Kentucky is crucial not only for our planet, but for the future of our generation.

Should Sixteen be the New Voting Age?

Today is Election Day and we, as 16 and 17-year-olds, do not have the right to vote for matters that impact us more than anyone.

An Intimate Conversation with Jefferson County's School Board Candidates

Our schools' primary stakeholders may be too young to vote for those who represent us on our district school boards, but we're note too young to have a voice in the process. Our Youth-Led Virtual Town Hall was centered around ways to make Kentucky schools more equitable. We pushed candidates to share their plans to make resources more accessible to underserved students as well as to better support our district’s educators.  

We Need Students To Tell The Stories of Our Schools

Students should have a say in their schools, which means they should have a say in how issues of education justice are shared, reported, and written about, too. That's why KSVT is launching The New Edu.

What is School For?

Members of the KSVT Press Corps reflect on the structural level of what school means. Read a lightly edited roundtable transcript from September 26, 2022.

A setback to education: How Attacks on Critical Race Theory Harm Education in Ohio County

A rural Kentucky student examines how the critical race theory debate is playing out in our schools and communities.

Sound Off: Our Hopes For The New Edu

Click into The New Edu inaugural Journalist Fellows sounding off on their hopes for The New Edu.

Don't call it an achievement gap

Kentucky has been called out by the federal government for our widening racial gaps in student performance.

My Life as a Gender Non-Conforming Student

I don’t know what it’s like to be comfortable. I have never felt comfortable, never felt like I belonged. Never felt like I had a home. And that’s a really hard feeling to have. To acknowledge.