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JCPS, teachers union reach tentative contract agreement

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Jefferson County Public Schools and the Jefferson County Teachers Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year labor contract, according to a news release from JCPS.

The release states that JCPS responded to the concerns of the community through the following key provisions in the contract:

  • All principals will have more flexibility in hiring teachers who request transfers.
  • All principals will be able to assign teachers where they can best serve the students' academic needs.
  • Principals at Priority Schools will continue to have complete autonomy in hiring.
  • Pursuant to state law, the provisions of the agreement will not supersede the statutory requirements for Priority Schools.
  • All parents will have the opportunity to access grades and attendance online via the Parent Portal, a secure web-based system.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released a statement Friday night that reads, "All obstacles to student achievement must be removed so I applaud the school system and the teachers' union for reaching agreement quickly and effectively. The real winners are the 100,000 students who are the future leaders of our city."

The agreement must be approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education and ratified by the JCTA membership before it is final.

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