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Join Us: Stop the State Takeover of JCPS

Our children are counting on us to take politics out of the classroom and focus on what helps them succeed.

 

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What’s Happening?

On April 30, 2018, interim Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Wayne Lewis, recommended that the state take over Jefferson County Public Schools.

This means that politicians in Frankfort will be running our school system and our democratically elected school board members will be stripped of their power, pushed aside into an advisory role.

Under state control, JCPS schools could be closed, redesigned, or turned into charter schools run by out-of-state for-profit corporations — all without parents and educators able to give their input.

It will be up to the Kentucky Board of Education to decide whether to respect the authority of our democratically-elected and locally-accountable school board or if the state takes over our school system

Will you help us? Don’t sit on the sidelines. It’s easy to do something!

Stand Up for Our Kids

This is our Jefferson County Public School District, and we, the students, parents, community leaders, faith leaders, and business leaders should determine its future.

Take action now

How We Win

We win by getting organized and showing the Kentucky Board of Education overwhelming opposition to the state takeover.

Step One

Join the team by signing a petition to Interim Commissioner Lewis and the Kentucky Board of Education.

Sign the Petition

Step Two

Write the members of the Kentucky Board of Education and tell them why you reject the proposed state takeover of JCPS.

Use this tool to send an email.

Step Three

Call the members of the Kentucky Board of Education and tell them not approve the proposed state takeover of JCPS.

Call (502) 564-3141 and the report how the call went.

Step Four

Record a video about why you oppose the proposed takeover.

Share your story.

Step Five

Visit our Facebook page and spread the word.

The Actual Solution

The proven solution is investing in our local schools and the communities around them. State funding for our schools is down 16% since 2008 when adjusted for inflation.

The #OurJCPS coalition is working to bring every voice to the table to identify solutions and push for more funding to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.

Students need:

  • quality teachers
  • classes small enough for educators to provide the one-on-one attention they deserve
  • engaging after school programs
  • services that support their physical and emotional needs

If we’re serious about every child’s future, let’s get serious about doing what works. That includes fully funding our schools, addressing the challenges our kids face and building more room for parent and community input.

Help us fight for solutions that will help improve our children’s education. Get involved.

Sign the Petition

Make your voice heard by signing this #OurJCPS petition calling for local control of our school district today!

We, the Stakeholders of the Jefferson County Public Schools, demand that JCPS remain under the local control of the democratically elected Jefferson County Board of Education and their recently appointed Superintendent Marty Pollio.

Local educators and parents know how to best provide opportunity for all students, support parents, and build up neighborhoods. As a community, we value stakeholder voice in decision-making around our public schools.

Our children are counting on us to take politics out of our classrooms and focus on what works for students: smaller class sizes, counseling and support services, and wrap-around services that meet students’ intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

Removing JCPS from local control will diminish the progress that has been made in the District towards those goals.

How Could a State Takeover Affect You and Your Child?

The acting Commissioner of Education, Wayne Lewis, may recommend a state takeover of the Jefferson County Public Schools.

It will be up to the Kentucky Board of Education to make the final decision of whether to have the state take over JCPS or to respect the authority of our democratically-elected and locally-accountable school board to oversee our school district.

Below are some of the likely consequences for students, parents, and residents of Jefferson County if a takeover occurs.

In the event of a takeover, who will make decisions about public education on JCPS?

The state will become the decisionmaker of all day-to-day operations of the Jefferson County Public Schools.

Governor Bevin’s state manager will have unprecedented authority.

In state-managed school districts in other states, this person has had students arrested for dress code violations and has had parents arrested for their complaints against state administrators.

What does this mean for my student?

The JCPS student assignment plan could be completely rewritten by a single state manager determined by Governor Bevin’s appointed state school board.

This could change which schools students are eligible to attend. JCPS policies on students’ and parents’ rights could be undermined.

Under State implementation, students’ and parents’ rights can be limited.

What does this mean for my teacher?

Students and schools could potentially have their teachers removed.

Under State control, JCPS schools could be subject (without democratic parent voice) to closure, redesign, or conversion to charter schools operated by for-profit, out-of-state corporations.

What does this mean for community members?

Local citizens will have no local elected JCPS leaders to address their issues and concerns.

Local control would be lost because all the authority of our democratically elected school board and superintendent would be given to a single state manager determined by Governor Bevin’s appointed state school board.

Dr. Pollio and our JCPS school board would become only advisory.

How would this impact school funding?

JCPS funding could be dramatically cut by the state manager, who would get to unilaterally set the JCPS real estate property tax rate without approval by local citizens.

Extracurricular activities, engaging after school programs, as well as magnet and special programs can be removed depending on the State’s determination of their importance and willingness to fund them.

What can we do to stop this?

Make your voice heard by signing this #OurJCPS petition calling for local control of our school district today!

The state will become the decisionmaker of all day-to-day operations of the Jefferson County Public Schools.

Governor Bevin’s state manager will have unprecedented authority.

In state-managed school districts in other states, this person has had students arrested for dress code violations and has had parents arrested for their complaints against state administrators.

The JCPS student assignment plan could be completely rewritten by a single state manager determined by Governor Bevin’s appointed state school board.

This could change which schools students are eligible to attend. JCPS policies on students’ and parents’ rights could be undermined.

Under State implementation, students’ and parents’ rights can be limited.

Students and schools could potentially have their teachers removed.

Under State control, JCPS schools could be subject (without democratic parent voice) to closure, redesign, or conversion to charter schools operated by for-profit, out-of-state corporations.

Local citizens will have no local elected JCPS leaders to address their issues and concerns.

Local control would be lost because all the authority of our democratically elected school board and superintendent would be given to a single state manager determined by Governor Bevin’s appointed state school board.

Dr. Pollio and our JCPS school board would become only advisory.

JCPS funding could be dramatically cut by the state manager, who would get to unilaterally set the JCPS real estate property tax rate without approval by local citizens.

Extracurricular activities, engaging after school programs, as well as magnet and special programs can be removed depending on the State’s determination of their importance and willingness to fund them.

Make your voice heard by signing this #OurJCPS petition calling for local control of our school district today!

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