On top of its busing fiasco, the Jefferson County Public Schools board wants to raise property taxes for the third year in a row.
The Louisville TEA party is urging all taxpayers to show up tonight to oppose tax hikes. The 6:45 p.m. hearing will be at the VanHoose Center at 3332 Newburg Road, just south of the I-264 (Watterson) Expressway.
The release states:
“If passed, it will mean a total of about a 10% increase over the past three years. They recently gave everyone in the JCPS system a 1% raise, when many people in Louisville are unemployed. This tax increase is totally uncalled for. Especially in light of their rich retirement system (people who retire at age 55, with 33 years of service can actually receive a net check in retirement which is higher then their net check while working, and with a built in 1 1/2% COLA each year).”
It’s good to see the TEA parties getting engaged in the midst of the chaos known as the Jefferson County Public Schools system.
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A couple weeks ago Tracy McDaniel traveled to Frankfort, Kentucky from his home in Oklahoma to discuss his experience with KIPP schools and the benefits that charter schools create in the education system. You can see his testimony below…
Following this testimony there was a standard question and answer period in which legislators sought to satisfy their questions about charter school legislation. The following is a “question” from a legislator…
I don’t know about you but I grow weary of “back in my day” monologues. Here’s the deal: The “back in the day” approach is obviously not working for our schools in Kentucky. The solutions that McDaniel testified about are an option that should be considered to help solve a problem that is out of control.
It is obvious from the outset of the legislator’s “question” that he knows where he is going. He continues to attack McDaniel rather than taking the opportunity to ask a subject area expert any relevant questions. What good does that do? Do our elected officials consider this productive? I would think that regardless of where they stand on the charter school debate they would respect an expert who traveled across the country by treating them with respect and learning more about the issue at debate.
Maybe that’s just me.
Fox 41 reported several days ago that parents are “Still heated over busing issues.”
But, the real news attached to that article may be a reader comment from Ms. Kerry Seelye.
Seelye isn’t a web mirage. She exists, I talked to her and she stands behind her comments.
And, Seelye’s comments hint that Jefferson County’s problems may be much more extensive than the popular media is reporting.
Seelye’s two grandchildren don’t go to any of the three schools – Lincoln, Chancey and King Elementary Schools – where all the problems supposedly occurred.
Seelye’s grandchildren go to Cochran Elementary School.
However, per Seelye, her grandchildren didn’t get home on day one of the new school year until 6:30 PM. Then, the next morning pickup bus was over an hour late, so the kids naturally arrived late to school. The evening of day two, the kids didn’t get home until 6:15 PM. Things didn’t run much better the following day; Seelye’s grandchildren still didn’t get home until 5:45 PM.
School lets out at 3:45, so those children from Cochran were trapped in a clearly dysfunctional busing operation for two hours after school let out even on day three.
Seelye tells me that on Friday, the kids didn’t make it to the drop-off until 5:30 PM. To put this in perspective, last year, Seelye says her grandchildren were dropped off by 4:05 PM.
Also, parents who could not get straight answers about when the bus would make the drop-off have been waiting outside in the hot weather, every day, starting at 4 PM.
Seelye’s comments about the herding (sorry, there is no kind way to describe it) the kids endured during their after school wait for the bus are also unsettling. The children were assembled in the gym and forced to sit on the hard floor, with no snacks or water allowed. Her grandchildren were expected to endure that abusive situation for an hour and a half until the bus finally showed up around 5:15.
If you are aware of similar busing issues in Jefferson County for other schools, let us know with a comment below. Post anonymously if you feel threatened, but posts with real names will carry more weight with our readers.
And, if you are a Louisville parent with children who have been treated like Ms. Seelye’s and you don’t show up at the board meeting tomorrow or at least send them a formal, written complaint, shame on you.
High labor costs, uncertain government policies and a lack of high-tech activity are holding Kentucky’s economy back.
So says University of Kentucky professor Ken Troske, who’s also a nationally recognized economic expert. Troske addresses each of these three areas in a one-on-one interview in the June 2010 edition of The Lane Report.
He especially takes issue with the commonwealth’s high labor costs. Not only has Kentucky lost much its previous “labor cost advantage” as other states have become more competitive, but it’s not taking the steps needed to reverse that trend.
“Other areas of the United States have compensated for higher labor costs by becoming more productive and better educated,” Troske said. “These increases are not being achieved in Kentucky.”
Troske recommends that government focus on “trying to lower uncertainty, costs and tax burdens” — ideas we hear very little about from the current administrations in both Washington and Frankfort.