JCPS Asks Kentucky Supreme Court to Hear Student Assignment Case

by Devin Katayama on October 27, 2011

The Jefferson County Board of Education has filed its official appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Earlier this year the Court of Appeals ruled against the JCPS student assignment plan, saying students have the right to attend the same school where they enroll, which is often the school closest to their homes.

But the board contends the state law is being misinterpreted. JCPS has now asked the Supreme Court to hear the case.

Attorney Teddy Gordon says he’s disappointed that the school district chooses to continue to litigate the issue. Gordon argued the U.S. Supreme Court case that led to the district’s race-based student assignment plan being shot down.

If the Kentucky Supreme Court decides to hear the case, JCPS would not have to comply with the appeals court ruling next school year. JCPS Attorney Byron Leet previously told WFPL that the Supreme Court could take several months to decide to hear the case, which could also delay implementation.

JCPS continues to discuss alternative methods for student assignment. But the board has made clear it intends on enforcing some form of diversity in schools.

Click here to see a copy of the JCPS motion to KY Supreme Court.

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