The Jefferson County Board of Education is expected to vote on changes to its student assignment plan Monday night. If the changes are approved, they will affect an estimated 2,000 kindergarten students next school year. The board postponed the vote last month, but JCPS staff said it must act in time for the elementary school… Continue reading JCPS Board Expects Student Assignment Vote Monday
The UCLA professor and contracted expert on student assignment said it’s possible for Jefferson County Public Schools to create diverse schools with less transportation by next fall. “Well I think the longest ride times would be less than half the longest ride times now. That’s my guess,” Dr. Gary Orfield told the JCPS school board.… Continue reading JCPS Board Hears Student Assignment Recommendations
Jefferson County Public Schools is around ten minutes shy of meeting a busing goal set earlier this month. JCPS Transportation Director Rick Caple previously told WFPL he hoped to have all students home around 5 pm within two weeks from the start of classes. While it’s not there yet, it’s close, he said. Caple said… Continue reading JCPS Begins Early Childhood Education, Busing Close to Its Goal
The Kentucky Court of Appeals heard oral arguments today over an interpretation of a state statute, which could affect the JCPS student assignment plan. The debate was between the words enroll versus attend. Since 2000, a state statute (KRS 159.070) has allowed districts to chose where students go to school by removing the word “attend”… Continue reading JCPS Student Assignment Hears Arguments, Judges Not Impressed With District’s Plan
Transportation has been a controversial subject in Jefferson County Public Schools. But what’s under-discussed is the importance of communication between the district and parents. Around 6,000 JCPS elementary school students will be picked up from one location and dropped off at another, said Director of JCPS Transportation Rick Caple. The district allows parents this flexibility… Continue reading Early Communication Important for JCPS
All JCPS students have been safely delivered home. The last student was cleared at 7:13 pm on Wednesday night, according to the Courier-Journal. WDRB reports that fewer than 20 children had not yet been dropped off as of 7:20. Despite school being postponed for two consecutive days due to power and communication outages from Saturday’s… Continue reading JCPS Buses Students Home Safely
Tonight at 8pm, WFPL presents “Back of the Bus: Race, Mass Transit and Inequality,” a new documentary about the fight for equal rights on America’s roads and transit lines. This program visits communities across America to find out why people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.
The Jefferson County Board of Education Monday night approved its third consecutive property tax increase to help fund public schools. The money will go toward textbooks, employee raises and new construction. Earlier in the meeting, board members apologized for transportation problems on the first day of school.
Two Jefferson County Public Schools principals have been suspended following transportation problems on the first day of classes Tuesday. District officials say the principals at King and Lincoln elementary did not properly prepare tags for their students.
The new academic year for Jefferson County Public Schools starts on August 17th, and officials are fine-tuning their plans for the year. Of particular concern is transportation. Many parents have complained about long bus rides caused by the elementary student assignment plan.