Letters to school board talk violence, mental health issues, out-of-control students

Letters to school board talk violence, mental health issues, out-of-control students

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Parents, teachers and students wrote close to 50 letters documenting and uncovering what they say are problems within the Jefferson County Public School system.

Teachers didn't identify specific schools, but went into great detail about alleged abuse they are experiencing every day.

"I am an experienced tenured teacher that is seriously considering retiring," wrote one letter. "Student discipline is not enforced, students wander down the halls yelling 'F you b****'. This past week I wrote 21 referrals in ONE CLASS."

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Letters identifying themselves as students reveal long-term substitute teachers have caused a delay in learning.

"This has made it extremely hard for my fellow classmates and I to be able to get to the point where the state wants us to be," said the letter.

Several letters identify themselves as veteran teachers and made suggestions for JCPS administrators like smaller classrooms, consistent behavior support and vocational programs.

One letter was even signed "A JCPS teacher who wants to TEACH just not SURVIVE."

Many letters described bus issues including violence on the bus, the need for bus monitors, the amount of time children spend on the bus and creating community schools.

Board members listened intently, but didn't respond to the letters.

Board Chair David Jones spoke before the public comments and said the board knows they need to make big improvements in communication.

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