The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that students have the right to enroll and attend the school nearest their home. The suit was filed on behalf of 13 JCPS parents who say the district misinterprets the word enroll. In the opinion released, two judges agree and one dissents. Judges Kelly Thompson and Michael Caperton… Continue reading Court Rules Against JCPS, Students Allowed to Attend School Nearest Home
The Jefferson County Public Schools’ board is concerned it may be too early to discuss consultant and UCLA professor Dr. Gary Orfield’s student assignment plan recommendations with the public. JCPS board members saw early research on Orfield’s recommendations Monday night. Board members were briefed by JCPS staff members working on various issues of the plan.… Continue reading JCPS Hears Early Analysis of Proposed Student Assignment Plan
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
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
Louisville’s NAACP branch met with Superintendent Donna Hargens on Tuesday as part of Hargens’s 90-Day Plan she introduced after being hired as the new JCPS Superintendent. The meeting was a success and Hargens listened, said Raoul Cunningham, president of Louisville’s NAACP branch. The NAACP was against the hiring of either superintendent candidate during the interview… Continue reading NAACP Meets With Superintendent Hargens
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
The first superintendent candidate for Jefferson County Public Schools answered questions from the public tonight at Male High School. Dr. Christine Johns-Haines is currently superintendent of Utica Community Schools in Michigan but says she is excited about the resources available in Louisville. The questions ranged from bullying and busing to student assignment plans and discipline issues,… Continue reading First Superintendent Candidate Answers Public Questions, Some Disappointed in Event
The school board and its search firm will take public comment on what qualities to look for in a superintendent on Monday at Gheens Academy and Tuesday at the VanHoose Education Center.
The school board met with the McPherson and Jacobson search firm Monday and established a set of criteria for the next leader. The list includes a commitment to student assignment and experience with urban schools and underperforming schools.
Republican candidate for mayor Hal Heiner Thursday discussed his plans for improving Jefferson County Public Schools, and announced his latest endorsement. Heiner recently called for an end to the current student assignment plan in a television ad.