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Berman: Neighborhood School Act would 're-segregate the population'

Dr. Sheldon Berman Dr. Sheldon Berman
Sen. David Williams Sen. David Williams
Sen. Dan Seum Sen. Dan Seum
Raoul Cunningham Raoul Cunningham
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A bill prefiled before the Kentucky Senate could have a big impact on Jefferson County public schools. If passed by the legislature, the Neighborhood School Act would allow students to enroll for attendance at the school closest to their home. We tracked down JCPS superintendent, Dr. Sheldon Berman, to see what he had to say about the bill. 

The bill was filed by Senate President David Williams (R-Burkesville) and Senator Dan Seum (R-Fairdale) that would change the wording in current state law to allow enrollment for attendance. Like many opponents of the bill, Berman said it would lead to a return to segregated schools. 

"It's a fairly poorly drafted bill, it probably will disrupt most of the districts in the state," said Berman. "For us, it would actually cause us to reconfigure every single elementary, middle and high school district. It would eliminate traditional schools, schools of choice, choice programs. The only actual magnet schools that would be left standing would be Manual and Central. As I see it, it would re-segregate the population, the school population by socioeconomics and race."

Raoul Cunninghan, president of the Louisville NAACP, told us in an August 25 interview, "Without a student assignment plan, and if the schools are re-segregated, the whole community loses."

Seum told us he believes the bill will get support in Frankfort. 

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