NAACP: Give JCPS Plan A Chance To Work

by Rick Howlett on June 14, 2010

By Rick Howlett

The Louisville branch of the NAACP has released a report outlining its position on the Jefferson County Public Schools’ new student assignment plan.

The school board approved the plan following a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared the district’s 30-year old desegregation policy unconstitutional because it used race as the sole deciding factor in assigning students.

NAACP Education Committee Chairwoman Kathryn Wallace (pictured) says the group and its ally organizations generally support the new plan, which uses a combination of race, income and household education level in determining assignments.

“We implore every parent, every child, every teacher, every administrator and every Jefferson County board member to give this plan a chance. Give every child in the public school system in Jefferson County, Kentucky an opportunity for equal and high quality education,” she said at a Monday press conference at Louisville NAACP headquarters.

Wallace says the group is concerned that, among other things, parents who complain loudly enough can have their children placed where they want them, a claim JCPS officials deny.

The new plan for elementary students was implemented last fall; the middle and high school plans will begin with the 2011-2012 academic year.

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Dave June 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Give me a break! the NAACP is the LAST group we should be consulting on education reform! This is the same group that had a gift card pulled from the store because not ONE SINGLE member of the higher ups knew what a ‘black hole’ was! ( ) Face it, its basically the NAACP’s fault that the public schools in Jefferson Co. are in the shape they are in now, they wanted to teach ebonics in place of english, and are heavily behind busing.
Remember, busing is the reason why kids have to spend upwards of an hour or more on a school bus to go clear across town to go to school. its why most people who can afford it pull their kids out of the public system here and throw them in a catholic school. at least then they can pick which school their kids go to! Parental involement is extremely important for schools to succeed, and if parents have to travel an hour across town after being at work all day, they are less likely to do so, even more so if the neighborhood where the school resides in makes them feel unsafe.
Its 2010, racism now adays has no place anywhere, and more often than not the claims of being racist are often unfounded and based on ignorance, or used as an extortion for a charity ( check out the local Rev.)

Brad June 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

I am in total agreement. Ignore anything the NAACP says!

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