A Kentucky woman who has accused a Mercer County school teacher of putting her autistic son into a bag as punishment plans to address the school board next month. Sandra Baker was called to the Mercer County Intermediate School a couple weeks ago after her 9-year-old autistic son was misbehaving. She said she found him… Continue reading Autistic Student’s Mother Plans on Addressing School Board
The long-awaited California expert on student assignment is giving his recommendations to the Jefferson County School Board on Monday night, and neither the public nor the board knows what he might say. Dr. Gary Orfield is a professor at UCLA and was previously contracted by JCPS before to give recommendations on student assignment. Student assignment… Continue reading JCPS Board Expected to Hear Student Assignment Recommendations
The Jefferson County School Board unanimously approved a tax increase of one-tenth of a cent at Monday’s board meeting. The increase is based on assessed property value. If a house is assessed at $100,000 dollars, it will mean a $1 increase in taxes this next year. This will be the fourth straight year the school… Continue reading JCPS Board Approves Tax Increase, But Doesn’t Create Additional Revenue
Senate President and Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams has suggested abolishing the Jefferson County School Board. Williams made his comments Tuesday to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The school board is not diverse enough for the size of Jefferson County, said Williams. The influence of teacher’s unions, poor policy and poor test results within the… Continue reading Senate President Wants to Abolish Jefferson County School Board
The Metro Human Rights Commission, today, announced their support of Dr. Donna Hargens, the new JCPS Superintendent. The Commission had echoed the calls of the local NAACP for the JCPS School Board to re-open the search. But a week ago, the School Board went into closed session for almost four hours and came back only to announce… Continue reading Metro Human Rights Commission Announces Support of Hargens
Jefferson County Board of Education Chair Steve Imhoff says the panel will set a timeline for choosing a superintendent at a meeting next Tuesday. He says he does not want to reopen the search despite calls from the Louisville NAACP to do so. NAACP President Raoul Cunningham called both candidates weak, adding that neither has experience… Continue reading Superintendent Candidates Draw Discontent Following Forums, NAACP Calls for New Search
Voters downtown and in west Louisville can choose from First District incumbent Diane Porter and challengers Attica Scott, Bonnie Lash Freeman and Phyllis Morton.
In northeast Jefferson County, Third District incumbent and board chair Debbie Wesslund also faces three challengers—David Toborowsky, Brent Whaley and Daniel Smithson.
Six candidates for two contested seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education met for a debate Monday night.
Among the questions asked of the candidates was how they would work with the next mayor.
The Jefferson County Board of Education has delayed a vote on when to implement the new middle and high school student assignment plan. Berman has offered a compromise. He suggested the board implement the middle school plan next year, but delay the high school assignment plan another year.
A task force created to look into ways the state can assist underperforming schools will report this week to the Kentucky Board of Education. The board meets in regular session Wednesday and Thursday. Spokesperson Lisa Gross says the group has been looking into how other states have come to the aid of struggling schools. “The… Continue reading Kentucky School Board Meets Later This Week