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Pastors, community leaders push for state control of low performing JCPS schools

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Shawnee High School is one of the low performing JCPS schools. Shawnee High School is one of the low performing JCPS schools.
Pastor Jerry Stevenson Pastor Jerry Stevenson

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Pastors, parents and representatives of the Black Alliance for Educational Options are rallying behind Kentucky's Education Commissioner who proposed the state should take control of low performing Jefferson County Public Schools.

If the state does take over the schools, Commissioner Terry Holliday said they would be operated like charter schools -- privately run but funded through the state.

"We believe public charter schools is one of the answers that will allow immediate, positive effect," Pastor Jerry Stevenson said.

Earlier this week, Commissioner Holliday indicated the state should take over and orchestrate a turnaround for 18 low achieving schools in Jefferson County.

"JCPS is using the same system and expecting a different outcome," said Lenora Yarbrough, who has two teenagers enrolled in JCPS.

The group is asking administrators and state lawmakers to take immediate action. It wants JCPS to allow charter schools and fund more after school tutoring. It is also asking the state to audit JCPS.

"Those solutions will help these children get the kind of academic support they need," Stevenson said.

JCPS released the following statement in response: "Our focus at JCPS is ensuring ALL students graduate prepared for the future. We believe that through our continued collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education in our Priority Schools, we can help students increase achievement. Each plan implemented in these schools is unique and tailored to student needs. By differentiating instruction through the help of data driven professional learning communities and the expansion of out-of-school-time learning opportunities for all students, we are confident we will see improved outcomes."

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