Kentucky's largest school district won't be taken over by the state thanks to a settlement between the Kentucky Board of Education and Jefferson County Public Schools. We applaud the efforts to get to this point and hope the 100% focus now will be on addressing the deficiencies cited in the audit that led to JCPS having to the fight for control.
Dr. Kevin Cosby pastors a church - St. Stephen's - that uplifts the Louisville community in so many ways, and he envisions five years from now that Simmons College of Kentucky will transform the entire city of Louisville and be one of the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States.
Plenty to advocate for today - an agreement between Kentucky and Jefferson County Public Schools that avoids a state takeover but allows for enhanced oversight makes sense for JCPS but only if they can live with the terms.
Oxmoor Center in Louisville generates millions in tax revenue each year for Louisville and has for decades. Oxmoor Mall is the centerpiece of it and the mall has been looking for a tenant to replace the vacated Sears department store and parking lot. They found one in Topgolf, an attraction in neighboring communities in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Nashville, and throughout the country in more than 40 cities.
As we head toward the July 4th birthday celebration of America, many flags are flying throughout our communities in patriotic tribute to living in the land of the free, and honoring those who have sacrificed their lives in serving in our nation's military.
Kentucky's Education Board violated open meetings law last month when it replaced education commissioner Stephen Pruitt with Wayne Lewis, Jr., according to a ruling by the Kentucky attorney general. Pruitt was expected to recommend state assistance for Jefferson County Public Schools following a 14-month audit at the time he was ousted. It is the same recommendation we advocated in an editorial a month ago, not a state takeover, as might happen now.
Bookies are on the endangered species list following the United States Supreme Court ruling that a federal law banning sports betting is most states is unconstitutional. What has been going on for years illegally in Kentucky, Indiana and other states is legal now, and could soon be generating sorely needed tax revenue.
There is no good reason not to allow farmers to grow, process, transport, and sell hemp. It should be removed from the federal list of controlled substances. Roadblocks to produce it should also be removed.
The percentages of a takeover of the Jefferson County Public Schools by the Commonwealth of Kentucky appears to have increased with the selection of several new board members and a new chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education. That would be disappointing but it would at least bring a conclusion to this extended period of uncertainty for Kentucky's largest school system.