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Student Assignment Plan Suffers Major Blow

September 30th, 2011 by jake · 6 Comments

Ruh ro:

A split Kentucky appeals court has struck down Jefferson County’s student assignment plan, saying the law as written allows parents to register their children at the nearest school to their home.

Judge Kelly Thompson, in an opinion joined by Judge Thomas Caperton, overturned a circuit judge’s decision upholding the plan, under which some students are taken by bus to schools across the county.

This is sure to be a crazy ass argument that’s about to begin.

UPDATE – Here’s what David Williams had to say:

“This ruling validates what I and thousands of concerned citizens in Jefferson County have long argued. This failed social experiment should be scrapped and replaced with a neighborhood schools plan, putting kids in classrooms closer to home and allowing for greater participation from parents and grandparents. Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear and his running mate Jerry Abramson have long opposed my plan for neighborhood schools despite overwhelming evidence that the current student assignment plan has done nothing to improve test scores. I hope the school board leaves this misguided policy behind and moves forward with a neighborhood schools plan that will accomplish what we all want – the best possible education for every child in every part of Jefferson County.”

The paper will try to blame him for everything wrong in Louisville in 3, 2…

Tags: Education · JCPS · Legal

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Linda // Sep 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I have no dobubt that Judge Thompson threw up a bit in his mouth when Williams gave his Opinion the thumbs up. The smart money is on Judge Combs’ dissent as a basis for a SCOKY Opinion.

  • 2 jake // Sep 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Why, exactly, would he cringe? Because Williams isn’t a Democrat? Or because he offers a plan whether we like it or not?

  • 3 blowin' in the wind // Sep 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I am not at all sure what Linda thinks the “smart money” is. My money is on the kids. Perhaps we can finally work out something that puts the kids first and does it in a creative and innovative way.
    (Translation: either/or is unacceptable; both/and is the way to go.)

  • 4 The Highlander // Sep 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Linda: You’d be dangerous, if you knew what you were talking about. The Ky. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the Kentucky system of public education must be ‘equalized’ all across the state and in every county. That being the case, since there’s a statute that specifically states that a child is to “be enrolled IN” (the 1990 amended version of the 1976 statute) the school nearest his home — how in the world is the KySCt going to say WITH ALL THAT STARE DECISIS ABOUT EQUIVALENCY that 119 counties are going to be treated differently than Jefferson?

    Won’t happen. It wouldn’t surprise me if the KySct refused ‘discretionary review’ in order to give Judge Maze AND the school system nearly a year to ‘get it correct, this time.’

  • 5 blowin' in the wind // Oct 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Thanks Highlander! We need to stop spending money on lawyers and support children instead.

  • 6 Linda // Oct 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Read Judge Combs’ dissent. It isn’t about the merits of either side. I think we can all agree that the current assignment system is broken, but it is legally immature to ignore Judge Combs’ point about the changed statute. That is what my point it–the majority may have decided the case correctly, but for the wrong reasons. That is why the SCOKY will have to grant review. It is just too early to start the celebration.
    And I really appreciate the insinuation that I don’t care about the children–two of them are mine and I want them, and their classmates, to have the very best education possible. I’m just not convinced that can only be accomplished by neighborhood schools.
    And yes, Jake, I doubt Judge Thompson and Williams have much in common.

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