WAVE 3 News Editorial - April 24, 2018: JCPS Takeover?

WAVE 3 News Editorial - April 24, 2018: JCPS Takeover?

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The percentages of a takeover of the Jefferson County Public Schools by the Commonwealth of Kentucky appears to have increased with the selection of several new board members and a new chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education. That would be disappointing but it would at least bring a conclusion to this extended period of uncertainty for Kentucky's largest school system.

It is beyond frustrating that a management audit takes well over a year. The audit findings have been compiled for months but no determination has been forthcoming. Meantime, JCPS named a new superintendent who has moved decisively to expedite positive change and has a clear set of priorities to implement.

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It would be troublesome to intervene now and outright usurp the JCPS board and superintendent from continuing their improvement path. Certainly, the audit results will help further the path of those improvements by zeroing in more clearly on priorities.

State assistance would be welcome but state management would be premature. Let the JCPS leaders act on the audit findings first with a clear timetable for improvement.

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