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Attorney Challenges Language Regulating Merit-Based Pay in High School Sports

A Louisville attorney is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether language in the Kentucky High School Athletics Association’s bylaws violates the First Amendment.

Currently, no schools can offer student athletes more than 25 percent of tuition in merit-based scholarships. The rule called Title 13 is meant to prevent schools from paying students to play sports. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the bylaw saying the cap prevents schools from improperly recruiting athletes.

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Attorney Asks State Supreme Court to Deny JCPS Student Assignment Case Review

An attorney representing several Jefferson County Public Schools parents has filed a response to the school district’s attempt to overturn a ruling against the student assignment plan.

Teddy Gordon has been arguing against JCPS for over a decade. He even won a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2007, which called the district’s student assignment plan unconstitutional.

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More Parents Join JCPS Suit

Nine more parents have joined a lawsuit challenging the Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment plan.

It brings to ten the number of parents who contend the school district is in violation of a state law that allows them to enroll their children in public schools closest to their homes.

Attorney Teddy Gordon originally filed the suit on behalf of a parent in Jeffersontown whose child was denied admission to a nearby school. He says the state law he cites was never repealed and is no longer trumped by Jefferson County’s federal desegregation plan.

“There was a previous federal decision that stayed the enforcement of the law during the period of time that we had the desegregation order. That impediment was lifted with my case of Hampton versus Jefferson County Public schools in the year 2000. Therefore this is still a good and valid law,” Gordon said.

School district lawyers are asking for dismissal of the suit; they argue that state law applies only to school districts that have merged.

The nine new plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Bruce Miller and Sheila Hiestand. A hearing on the suit is set for August 5

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Another Suit Challenges JCPS Plan

By Rick Howlett

Louisville attorney Teddy Gordon has filed a new lawsuit challenging Jefferson County Public Schools’ new student assignment plan.

Gordon filed the suit Wednesday in Jefferson Circuit Court on behalf of parent Scott Arnold, whose five year old son was unable to get into Cochrane Elementary School near his home for the upcoming academic year and was assigned to another school across town.

Gordon contends the school district is in violation of a decades old state law that says parents should be allowed to enroll their children in the school nearest their homes. He says the state law takes precedence over the new assignment plan that was prompted by a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

JCPS officials say they’re confident the suit won’t prevent the plan from moving forward.

Gordon argued sucessfully against the previous JCPS desegregation policy in the high court case and has mounted challenges to the new assignment plan. They were dropped after parents reached an agreement with the district.

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Hearing Tomorrow in JCPS Student Assignment Case

A hearing is set for tomorrow afternoon in federal court in Louisville regarding a challenge to Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment plan.

Last week, attorney Teddy Gordon filed a request for an injunction on behalf of two plaintiffs whose children were seeking entrance to Stopher Elementary school as kindergarteners. Gordon wants the plan halted, and new assignments made before the start of school on the 13th.

Gordon says JCPS claims kindergarteners are exempt from the plan but is assigning them as it would older students.

“If kindergarten students are exempt, number one, why are they still being bused?,” says Gordon, “and number two, who chose the 124 spots at Stopher Elementary?”

But JCPS Student Assignment Director Pat Todd says kindergarteners aren’t exempt from the plan. She says they’re only exempt from the district’s diversity guidelines.

“There is one student assignment plan,” says Todd. “One component of that applies to elementary schools, grades K-5. And all of the strategies and components apply to all grades, and only the issue of the diversity guideline does not apply at the kindergarten level.”

Gordon’s clients are of Indian and Chinese descent.  He claims they were assigned based solely on race, which would violate the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Meredith vs. the Jefferson County Board of Education.