Woah, The JCPS War Is Apparently Getting Heated

A Louisville committee has postponed for the second time deciding on a controversial plan for a 300-space parking lot off Bardstown Road to be shared by Sullivan University and the nearby Farmington historic site. [C-J/AKN]

The effort to redevelop Kentucky Kingdom is well underway. Ed Hart spoke out [yesterday morning] about initial efforts to reopen the amusement park. [WDRB]

Kentucky’s public pension crisis could cause an exodus of businesses from the state, especially in border counties such as Jefferson County. [Business First]

A Jeffersonville judge has been hit with a lawsuit from another elected official. According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Jeffersonville City Clerk Vicki Conlin, says Judge Ken Pierce took court documents preventing her from doing her job. [WHAS11]

Congressman John Yarmuth on the Violence Against Women Act: “It has been 501 days since House Republicans allowed the Violence Against Women Act to expire,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “This law is a critical tool for women, families, and communities to reduce domestic violence, support and empower victims, and strengthen law enforcement. There is no excuse for further delay – House Republican Leadership should bring VAWA to the Floor for a vote immediately.” [Press Release]

Apparently, house fires are a big deal for the teevee news these days. There’s nothing else worth covering. [WLKY]

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says his comments this week in a Courier-Journal article referring to JCPS’ lowest performing schools as “academic genocide” were “purposeful to get the community involved.” [WFPL]

Because Louisville residents obviously need to be taxed a bit more so they have even less to show for it. It’s time to take the decision about how taxpayer dollars are spent out of the hands of politicians and back in the hands of the people of Kentucky. [WAVE3]

Jeffersonville administrators have given Clark County government a March 4 deadline to reach an agreement regarding outstanding payments for use of the city-owned J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter. [C-J/AKN]

The authors of the 1968 Fair Housing Act wanted to reverse decades of government-fostered segregation. But leaders from both parties failed to effectively enforce the law and integrate housing. [ProPublica]

We can’t imagine what would happen if Louisville – specifically its government – took its disaster of an animal shelter this seriously. [News & Tribune]

5 thoughts on “Woah, The JCPS War Is Apparently Getting Heated

  1. I have no idea what is going in in most of the identified schools, but I’ve seen what Shawnee is doing up close. I cannot imagine what more could be done there to increase the academic performance–very good teachers (half of them are new), committed administrators, etc. The school is free of violence, has built respectful relationships, etc. These are deep seated problems that will take time.

  2. Charles W. How much time? Apparently as result of and since Katrina, New Orleans has completely revamped its city school system with an influx of charter schools. It’s been reported that the results are astonishing in just a half dozen years. JCPS’s problems are no more ‘deep seated’ than were New Orleans’ were. So lets don’t let ‘deep seated problem’ EXCUSES become a REASON for failure to perform — because there aren’t any EXCUSES.

  3. 3 years ago I lost my brother, my only sibling, in a Louisville apartment fire. News coverage of structure fires informs residents of what has happened in their neighborhood, perhaps inspires them to help any victims, and is a cautionary tale for all of us.

  4. With respect to your loss (and the losses of others), the point was: If local media paid this much attention to things like public corruption, pension messes and general government shenanigans? Maybe there’d be a bit more to Possibility City than the regular circle jerk we’re used to.

  5. In Shawnee’s case, they’re just a couple of years into this new approach. That is too little time. As for New Orleans, we should learn everything we can from them. My guess is that a lot of social and cultural patterns were shattered by the departure and them partial return of folks that made things possible. Good for them.

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