Student Assignment Plan

JCPS Board Won’t Delay Middle School Assignment Plan

by Rick Howlett on March 14, 2011

The Jefferson County Board of Education has decided not to further delay implementation of its new student assignment plan for middle school students.

The board took up the matter at its Monday meeting after consultant Dr. Gary Orfield suggested the plan be put off one more year, after he finishes a report he’s compiling on it.

The middle school plan had already been delayed once in hopes of avoiding the transportation problems that occurred following implementation of the elemenatary assignment plan.

But the four board members who originally voted to implement the middle school plan this fall stuck to their votes, including Larry Hujo.

“I’m going to do it with the understanding that our transportation folks that say this can be done, they damn well better be right, or next year they’re going to have to deal with me. And if they can’t get it right, I’m going to tell you now, I’m going to work like hell to make sure that the new person with that job gets it right,” he said.

Superintendent Sheldon Berman says delaying the plan another year would have affected as many as 1,500 sixth graders.

The high school assignment plan is scheduled for implementation in the fall of 2012.

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Student Assignment Survey Results Unveiled

by Rick Howlett January 27, 2011

UCLA professor Dr. Gary Orfield says a survey of more than one thousand parents found that 69-percent of them were satisfied with their child’s school assignment, but there was less satisfaction, 54-percent, with how well the new student assignment plan has been implemented,

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Student Assignment Consultant To Unveil Findings

by Rick Howlett January 26, 2011

Orfield was asked to review the new plan and recommend any adjustments. Superintendent Sheldon Berman says he doesn’t expect any drastic changes to be suggested.

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Fischer Meets With State Lawmakers

by Gabe Bullard January 25, 2011

The first ten minutes of the meeting were open to the press. Over soft drinks and snacks, Fischer introduced himself and his staff to the lawmakers. He then outlined his plans to build a better relationship between Louisville and Frankfort. Among the chief issues that the city and state need to work together on, he said, are the bridges project, reusing abandoned properties and education.

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Williams And Rand Discuss Schools, Immigration At Forum

by Gabe Bullard January 12, 2011

Some of the bills passed by the Kentucky Senate during the opening week of the General Assembly may not move forward in the House. One leading Democrat says several of the GOP’s top pieces of legislation are either nearly dead or unlikely to pass a full vote.

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Neighborhood Schools Measure Clears Senate Panel

by Rick Howlett January 6, 2011

School officials say the bill would dismantle years of efforts to desegregate Louisville schools, and cost the district tens of millions of dollars to implement.

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State of the News

by Laura Ellis September 16, 2010

It’s Friday, and that means time to wrap up another week with State of the News. This week we’ll talk about the latest in the possible execution of death row inmate Gregory Wilson, whose execution has been postponed for now. We’ll find out what could be next in that case, then check in on Metro and election news. Then we’ll finish out the show with a look at child-related news – including the JCPS assignment plan controversy. Join us for a look back at the stories that made headlines and analysis from the reporters who covered them.

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Judge Denies Motions In JCPS Suit

by Rick Howlett September 14, 2010

The suit claims that JCPS has been in violation of a state law that allows parents to enroll their children in the school closest to their home. Circuit Judge Irv Maze ruled last month that enrollment does not guarantee attendance at a given school.

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JCPS Middle School Assignment Plan To Begin In 2011; HS Delayed

by Rick Howlett September 13, 2010

Implementation of middle and high school assignment plans was already delayed by one year amid concerns about potential transportation problems.

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In Depth: JCPS Board To Discuss Assignment Plans

by Rick Howlett September 13, 2010

The school board will discuss whether to delay implementation of the middle and high school student assignment plans to allow time to address transportation issue, and begin a review of the elementary assignment plan implemented last year.

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