Op-ed: School choice better than decades-old failed KERA, busing policies

The ultimate goals of both the decades-old Jefferson County Public Schools’ (JCPS) busing plan and Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) were similar: improve the academic performance all students, especially that of traditionally disadvantaged kids like racial minorities and those in poverty. Yet, a new Bluegrass Institute report shows the goals remain disturbingly far from being…

MEDIA ALERT: Bluegrass Institute report indicates growing racial academic, graduation gaps in JCPS

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – A new report by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, indicates a continuing – and disturbing – failure by the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to close its decades-long – and growing – graduation and academic-achievement gaps between…

More on question-stifling with the reconstituted KY Board of Education

How things were MUCH different with the improperly fired board I wrote last week about how “Suppressing KY Board of Education questions regarding oversight of JCPS isn’t transparency.” That blog discusses the complete shutdown of any questions from board members regarding a report about the important work being done to remedy long-term problems in the…

Suppressing KY Board of Education questions regarding oversight of JCPS isn’t transparency

Especially when there’s admission that West End families in Louisville never had choice under the busing plan and unusual claims are made about funding The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) held a teleconferenced meeting on April 9, 2020 that included an update from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Superintendent Marty Pollio on the status of…

‘JCPS bus problems underreported, review shows’

The above is the headline in the Louisville Courier-Journal’s recent article reporting on the latest developments in the school-busing mess in the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). It’s hard to determine the seriousness of problems if important data isn’t included in the records that supervisors use to evaluate them. Apparently, as C-J reporter Allison Ross discovered, a whole…

Jefferson County Schools’ busing woes never end

We’ve written a ton of articles over the years about the expensive, environmentally unfriendly, and largely ineffective busing-for-integration effort that is still going on in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) (just search our blog using “busing Jefferson County” in the search window). But, it looks like citizens of Kentucky’s biggest city just love to bang…

Still Another Jefferson County Public Schools ‘follow the money’ adventure!

A new audit on operations in the Jefferson County School District’s central office, “Final Report of a Study of the ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND CENTRAL OFFICE STAFFING, FUNCTIONS, AND OPERATIONS,” says on page 28 that “Transportation services were found to be very expensive, amounting to $54,648,585 in 2008-09, $57,085,703 in 2009-10, and $62,544,974 in 2010-11.” That’s…