JCPS lashing out against Bevin's proposed budget cuts

JCPS lashing out against Bevin's proposed budget cuts

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Jefferson County Public Schools system is lashing out against Kentucky's new governor over proposed budget cuts.

In a letter sent to staff members JCPS is urging its employees to contact their representatives in Frankfort to take action against a 4.5 percent budget cut to the state's education system being proposed by Governor Matt Bevin.

JCPS says the district could lose out on more than $3 million in funding next year if the budget is approved.

"We want to keep every teacher that we have and we want to keep every bus driver that we have, so the funds are so incredibly important, to not just the Jefferson County Public Schools system, but to public school systems across the state," spokesperson Allison Martin said.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens says Governor Bevin also slashed $500,000 for a reading program, as well as money for 13 nurses in schools that experience chronic absenteeism.

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