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First reading to change JCPS hiring policy fails

A proposed policy change planned to allow some convicted felons to apply for non-teaching positions at JCPS schools. (Source: WAVE 3 News) A proposed policy change planned to allow some convicted felons to apply for non-teaching positions at JCPS schools. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Anitra Durand Allen (Source: WAVE 3 News) Anitra Durand Allen (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Don Blackburn (Source: WAVE 3 News) Don Blackburn (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Only three board members voted to pass a first reading Tuesday that would allow nonviolent convicted felons to seek employment within the Jefferson County Public School system.

A proposed policy change planned to allow some convicted felons to apply for non-teaching positions at JCPS schools.

It excluded felons convicted of violent or sexual crimes. But parents still had questions about the specifications of the policy change.
 
“My concerns were that the proposal was very vague,” JCPS parent and blogger Anitra Durand Allen said. “I am not against people having a second shot because some of these people have children themselves and they are trying to provide for their families and raise their children.”

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Director of 805 Mary Street and Chestnut House Don Blackburn said he’s in support of the idea. Blackburn runs several transitional housing programs for felons and said it’s difficult to find employment as a convicted felon.
 
“I think it's great they are trying to do that because these people have so much trouble getting a job,” Blackburn said, “we hope that the people who come here from prison or jail make a turnaround.”

Blackburn said landing a job is key to a felons rehabilitation.

“That's the only way these guys have a chance to get right in the world,” Blackburn said.
 
The first reading of the policy failed with only three board members in support. The policy would need four board members voting in favor to move on to a second reading. School officials said the district has an employment shortage, and the hiring policy must change to be competitive with neighboring counties.

The proposal will likely be brought up again for discussion.

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