Yes, Poverty Is Still A Very Big Deal For JCPS

The idea behind merging Louisville and Jefferson County in 2003 was to have – as Metro Council President Jim King put it earlier this year — “one government, one entity that manages the entire county.” Yet, more than a decade later, the promise of merger remains at least partially unfulfilled. The new 2 percent “franchise fee” on natural gas usage that narrowly passed the Metro Council last week is only the latest example of how residents and businesses still face uneven taxes and public services depending on where they live within Metro Louisville. [WDRB]

Nearly 55,000 students at 95 public schools in Jefferson County would receive free breakfast and lunch this fall — regardless of their income — under a plan the school board is expected to approve Tuesday night. [C-J/AKN]

Really, how safe do you feel? A butadiene leak at American Synthetic, in the 4500 block of Campground Road, led to a Level 2 Hazmat situation on Monday, June 9, according to MetroSafe. [WHAS11]

Obese children carry a burden of premature death into adulthood. Obese children have more than double the risk of mortality in their 30s and 40s compared to children who begin life with a healthy body mass index (BMI). In addition to being more likely to remain obese as adults, obese children are at a higher risk of developing a number of health conditions, including stroke, diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. [H-L]

There are still more questions than answers after a man driving along the Gene Snyder Freeway was shot. [WLKY]

Is this the most angry man in horse racing? Moments after California Chrome finished tied for fourth place at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Coburn delivered a harsh rebuke to Belmont winner Tonalist as well as the entire world of horse racing. [HuffPo]

Three key Republicans — including Kentucky’s two U.S. senators — stopped in Louisville on Saturday, seeking to grow the party’s ranks. [WAVE3]

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

California Chrome’s co-owner kind of apologized for his post-Belmont Stakes tirade. [WFPL]

Behind all the campaign rhetoric, Kentucky is already embracing Obama’s carbon plan. The E. W. Brown power plant rides like an ocean liner on a rolling ridge in Kentucky, its smokestacks and plumes visible across fields of corn and cattle for miles around. [NY Times]

Fed reports improving economic conditions for Louisville’s district. [Business First]

Here’s your chance to sit down with News & Tribune publisher Bill Hanson and editors for a cup of coffee and a casual chat. [News & Tribune]

1 thought on “Yes, Poverty Is Still A Very Big Deal For JCPS

  1. “Poverty Is a Big Deal for JCPS”

    Yes, indeed, that headline says just about it all. As our schools continue to be bombarded with criticism, our pols sit back and do nothing about the overarching problem that makes American education so desperate: POVERTY. Until we actually begin to grapple with that issue, schools will remain merely a reflection of its grinding results.

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