JCPS Superintendent Acknowledges Concerns Over Recent Central Office Hire

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens has addressed the controversy surrounding her new chief of diversity, community relations and communications Wednesday and says she’s accountable for her recent hires. Jamilah Fraser formerly held a communications position with the School District of Philadelphia, but stepped down after serving under Superintendent Arlene Ackerman during a district-wide […]

Anne Marhsall on Race & Discipline in JCPS: State of the News

Social justice groups call it the school-to-prison pipeline. It’s a system by which children—disproportionately poor kids, black kids, victims of abuse or neglect, or those living with learning disabilities—are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Once a student has been labeled by teachers as a discipline problem, that […]

Auditors Say JCPS Thomas Jefferson Middle Can Decide How to Turn Around School

The Kentucky Department of Education is letting a fifth Jefferson County Public School decide how it’ll turn around student achievement. Thomas Jefferson Middle school now will pick one of four options to boost student success. Earlier this year, KDE audited four of the five JCPS schools that were included in the third round of persistently low-achieving […]

JCPS Represented in Washington D.C. Summit For Turnaround Schools

Representatives from Jefferson County Public Schools are in Washington D.C. at an invitation-only National School Turnaround Summit. The summit was moderated by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, but JCPS also shared the stage. Superintendent Donna Hargens, Jefferson County Teacher’s Association president Brent McKim and Western High School principal David Mike were all invited to […]

Literacy Program for Immigrant Families Opens Site in Buechel

A fourth site has been opened in Jefferson County for a program that helps immigrant families with literacy and education. Through the National Center for Family Literacy, Jefferson County Public Schools offers classes through NCFL’s Toyota Family Literacy Program, which servers parents and students at Klondike, Rangeland and Slaughter elementary schools. Now Buechel United Methodist […]

JCPS Board Hears Results of Audit, 10 Recommendations Offered

The Jefferson County Board of Education has received its much anticipated curriculum management audit from Phi Delta Kappa International. “We didn’t find chaos. We didn’t find a reason to abandon the system,” lead auditor Dr. John Murdoch told the JCPS board. The board requested the audit last year to help support staff and student achievement. […]

JCPS Board Hears Results of Curriculum Management Audit Monday Night

An educational auditing firm will present the Jefferson County Board of Education with its curriculum management audit at Monday night’s board meeting. Phi Delta Kappa International was in Jefferson County last October. The audit team met with the JCPS community and has since been preparing its report, which reviews hundreds of district programs and interventions […]

JCPS Elementary Showcase Set for Saturday

Parents wishing to find more information about what schools are available to their student may attend Jefferson County Public Schools’ elementary showcase this Saturday, which will be held at the International Convention Center. This is the first year the elementary schools are being presented separate from middle and high schools. The showcase was delayed while JCPS […]

JCPS Parents, Organizations Support Student Assignment Plan

A brief has been filed with the Kentucky Supreme Court in support of Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment plan. “We want the Supreme Court to know it’s not the board of education versus everybody else. We want them to know that there are legitimate groups and parents that agree with the board of education,” […]