By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
Jefferson County Public Schools can become one of the top urban school districts in America. That‘s the assessment of an independent team of 25 expert auditors who have spent nearly nine months evaluating the school system's curriculum and organization.
The auditors said JCPS schools are more effective than the general public believes and with the right tools the school district and community have the capacity to be among the best.
The auditors were encouraged by a determination to acknowledge deficiencies and to fix them.
Specific plans to do that include improving the scope of the written curriculum in core academic areas at the middle and high school levels and institutionalizing instructional best practices for that curriculum; designing and implementing a coordinated, system wide professional development program that supports the curriculum; and utilizing the district's classroom space more efficiently.
There are several more and we encourage the district to move forward quickly to implement the recommendations and applaud them for asking for the input.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:56 GMT
SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A teenage girl found dead in a Shelby County creek Monday morning has been identified.Deputy coroner Jeff Ivers said Jackleen Lane, 15, of Bagdad, KY drowned. She was last seenMore >>
How Jackleen Lane, 15, ended up in the creek has not been determined.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:35 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:35:01 GMT
SAND CREEK TOWNSHIP, IN (WAVE) – A 12-year-old Jennings County boy was accidentally shot in the head by his 16-year-old brother late Monday night while handling firearms in their home, according to theMore >>
Investigators said the 16-year-old had been handling a .22 caliber rifle when it discharged while the rest of the family was asleep.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:24 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:24:00 GMT
SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 15-year-old found dead in a Shelbyville creek Monday morning drowned, according to Deputy Coroner Jack Ivers. The family of Jackleen Lane said she told them she was goingMore >>
The family of Jackleen Lane said she told them she was going to the Shelby County Fair on Saturday, but never called or came home.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:50:26 GMT
Police discover a meth lab at a house in the Jacobsville area of Evansville. Officers were called to the scene at 302 East Tennessee around 11:00 Monday night. That's after receiving complaints of an odorMore >>
Officers were called to the scene at 302 East Tennessee around 11:00 Monday night.More >>