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The debate over whether students have the right to attend their neighborhood schools may soon be decided by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The high court heard arguments Wednesday morning on whether the word “attendance” was deliberately removed from state law (KRS 159.070) in 1990. The state Court of Appeals ruled last year that the law does allow students to attend the school where they enroll, which in JCPS is the neighborhood school.

The JCPS board argued removal of the word “attendance” allows students to be bused around the district for its diversity plan.

But a group of parents opposing this argument said that the words enroll and attend should be considered synonymous.

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