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Ministers want JCTA, JCPS to open contract discussion

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Louisville area ministers addressed the media on the steps of the Jefferson County Board of Education on Tuesday. Louisville area ministers addressed the media on the steps of the Jefferson County Board of Education on Tuesday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Students should be the first priority in schools, but that is not what is happening due to a contract between the Jefferson County Teachers Association and the Jefferson County School System, according to a group of Louisville ministers.

Louisville area ministers addressed the media on the steps of the Jefferson County Board of Education on Tuesday. They said the teacher's union contract prevents students from having access to their teachers, makes it difficult to remove teachers whose students aren't achieving and creates a system where the best teachers aren't teaching in the schools that need their experience.

Midwest Church of Christ Pastor Jerry Stephenson said, "Innovation is not so much that you need all of the technology, it just means you need hard work! You need to teach the things that children need to know. They need to know how to read. If they can't read, they can't make it any place!"

JCTA and JCPS are currently negotiating a new contract; one Energized Baptist Church Reverend Milton Seymore said should not happen behind closed doors, "We don't want these negotiations to continue on behind closed doors."

The ministers called on JCTA and JCPS to open the discussions to the public instead of keeping the discussion between the two groups.

JCPS said in a statement since negotiations are still continuing, it cannot publicly discuss them.

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