Category Archives: JCPS

Low-income no excuse for JCPS, says academic panel

In the midst of a robust debate about the future of Jefferson County Public Schools, the leader of a non-partisan education advocacy group says Louisville’s public education system cannot blame extreme poverty and racial diversity for its failing schools. In an editorial published by Insider Louisville, Cindy Heine, interim director of the Prichard Committee for […]

Neighborhood schools bill passes committee

A controversial bill that would dismantle the Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment passed in committee Thursday, and could be approved by the full state Senate as early as Friday. The measure easily cleared the Senate Education Committee by an 8-5 vote, with all Democratic members voting against it. The legislation was  introduced by state […]

Berman is out

After an almost three hour closed door meeting, the Jefferson County Board of Education voted 5-2 to replace Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman. The board called the special meeting to evaluate Berman’s job performance and to decide whether or not to renew his contract, which expires at the end of June 2011. Those voting against renewing […]

Mis-education nation

The news that six Jefferson County high schools were among the 10 lowest-performing public schools in Kentucky is bound to ignite the usual back and forth debate about academic achievement, standardized testing and teacher performance. When the state’s Department of Education has announced that the schools will face an audit that could result in major […]

JCTA pulls Toborowsky endorsement

After an investigation by WAVE-TV, the Jefferson County Teacher’s Association has withdrawn its endorsement of school board candidate David Toborowsky, citing problems with the political newcomer’s residency. “Over the last several days, Better Schools Kentucky learned of some new information that raises questions about Mr. Toborowsky’s candidacy,” JCTA President Brent McKim said in a statement. […]

Teachers endorse Fischer

With the November election less than five weeks away, Louisville’s teachers have endorsed Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer, citing his vision to help improve public education. The Jefferson County Teachers Association, which represents 6,000 teachers, librarians, speech clinicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists, said the Louisville businessman has the insight to move the city forward. […]

Local ministers assail Heiner ad

Believing that a return to neighborhood schools will re-segregate the Jefferson County school system, the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition called on Republican mayoral candidate Hal Heiner to immediately pull a campaign ad criticizing the controversial student assignment plan. “Councilman Hal Heiner’s plan will take our city back to the 1950s. We cannot afford that,” says the […]

JCTA president denies Berman contract swayed nod

An online news site is reporting that the president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association recruited a school board candidate, who the union later endorsed in order to secure the renewal of Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman’s contract. Last week, the teacher’s union announced its support for candidates in a number of area […]

New blog, ‘JCPS confidential’ launched

The beginning of the year for Jefferson County Public Schools started with a serious snafu in busing, two principal suspensions and a superintendent playing dodgeball with the press. Now a new blog has launched encouraging “whistleblowers” to come forward and report mismanagement in the school system, which could shake things up even more. Last week, […]