Mixed reaction to KY Supreme Court ruling favoring JCPS
JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens
Attorney Teddy Gordon
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Jefferson County Public Schools student assignment plan passed the Kentucky Supreme Court Thursday.
Following years of court battles, the state's highest court ruled in favor of the assignment plan in the latest challenge. For years, some parents have argued their kids are stuck on buses for long rides to get to school on the other side of town. JCPS said it is all about creating diversity in schools. The bottom line of the 50 plus page ruling from the Supreme Court: the current JCPS student assignment plan is upheld.
The interpretation of "enroll" and "attend" is what the Kentucky Supreme Court needed to decide when it came to how JCPS students were assigned to schools. In the end, the high court sided with Jefferson County Public Schools, upholding its plan.
"Success again, is less transportation times, but using the census data to maintain and enhance the diversity within the system." Dr. Donna Hargens, superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools said, "I would encourage all parents to just get more informed about all the choices that they do have."
School board candidate, Chris Fell, was one of several parents to sue JCPS. He among other parents said children should be able to attend school in their neighborhood.
"I'm disappointed, but I'm not surprised," Fell said.
Attorney Ted Gordon represented some of the parents who sued the district.
"Well, we'll continue having a horrible school system where we spend $100 million a year to send these kids tow hours away from school and keep raising our property taxes, rather than taking that $100 million and improving educational outcome," Gordon said.
While Gordon decides what his next move is, parents and students will move forward.
"For middle school and high schoolers, it's not such a big problem," said Kenithia Radford, who is the parent of an 8th grader. "But, for elementary schoolers, I think that's where the problem's going to be."
"I do support it, because of the balance. Because you want the kids to see different things," Delissa Morris, another parent said. "Especially when they're from this part of town and this area. I like the diversity of it. So yes, I do support JCPS."
It is important to note that back in 2007, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled race cannot be the determining factor when deciding where kids will attend. As far as Thursday's ruling, Ted Gordon said he does have options as far as what to do next including a motion to reconsider the state Supreme Court.
Click here to read the Kentucky Supreme Court's full ruling.
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