State Recommends Takeover Of Jefferson Co. Schools

Posted at 4:28 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 16:28:02-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) — The Kentucky Department of Education announced Monday it is recommending the state take over Jefferson County Public Schools.

WAVE3 reports here that the agency has concluded its 14-month-long audit of the largest school system in the Commonwealth.

JCPS is expected to request a hearing before the state Board of Education, at which the district would appeal the recommendation.

A state takeover would place authorities for the schools in the hands of an government-appointed manager.

Minutes after the news broke, the Kentucky Democratic Party released the following statement:

"Gov. Bevin’s stacked board of education has usurped elected officials and local control for Jefferson County schools, but more importantly they have circumvented democracy for us all. The Republican majority’s agenda to starve public education and drive down wages for working-class Kentuckians is more apparent now than ever. They continue to put private industry’s interests over the people of this state."