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JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio delivers State of the District speech

Months away from an audit that could end in a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools, Superintendent Marty Pollio touted the district's progress in his annual State of the District address.For over a year, JCPS has been on a "dual track," Pollio said. ...

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JCPS sued over bathroom assault at Iroquois High School

Jefferson County Public Schools is being sued after an assault left an Iroquois High School student bleeding on a bathroom floor last fall.A string of assaults last fall, including one student-teacher fight that went viral, caused officials to put more security in Iroquois. ...

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JCPS elementary teacher fired after breaking student's arm

Courier Journal



Published 3:35 PM EST Feb 17, 2020


























A former Slaughter Elementary educator broke a student's arm late last school year.In his termination documents, he did not dispute he broke the child's arm and expressed regret. ...

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JCPS bullying is being better reported, but problems continue

A year later, bullying reports in Kentucky's largest school district have skyrocketed.When children say 'I want to kill myself': The alarming rise of youth suicides


























Why did JCPS bullying reports take off? ...

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KDE says six JCPS principals incapable of turning schools around

Kentucky's largest district has 35 of the state's 50 lowest performing schools.Those schools, called comprehensive support and intervention schools, get additional state assistance and undergo an audit from state officials. ...

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JCPS may build new middle school deep in East Louisville

Louisville Courier Journal



Published 11:19 AM EST Jan 15, 2020






Jefferson County Public Schools is eyeing a plot of land deep in the East End for a new middle school.The school may be located at 2605 Echo Trail, a spot east of the Gene Snyder Freeway. ...

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JCPS school discusses race to strengthen trust for students, teachers

“I've been here 25 years," Ricky Owens, the school's youth service center coordinator, told the audience.That's because the school, "TJ" Middle, had been laying the groundwork — and bridging racial divides — for months. ...

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Mark Hebert to become JCPS spokesperson after decade at UofL

Louisville Courier Journal



Published 1:14 PM EST Dec 9, 2019






After a decade working for the University of Louisville, Mark Hebert is heading to Jefferson County Public Schools as the district's newest spokesperson.He will be "moving from one terrific leader" in U of L President Neeli Bendapudi to another in JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio, Hebert wrote in a social media post Monday morning. ...

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JCPS employs private security without school resource officers

Louisville Courier Journal



Published 6:07 AM EST Dec 6, 2019





























Classes started across Jefferson County Public Schools this year without school resource officers in security roles across the district.That shadow system of security has run parallel to more traditional school resource officers, or SROs, at roughly a dozen district schools for years — paid for with school funds and staffed through security firms. ...

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JCPS could add high schools grades to W.E.B. DuBois Academy

JCPS intended for it to expand as that class of about 150 students advanced through middle school, ultimately having 450 students in grades six through eight by 2020.The program, which educates mostly boys of color, is so popular the district now wants it to add high school grades, according to school board documents. ...

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JCPS may raise taxes to make up for not raising taxes in the past

Kentucky school districts are allowed to raise property taxes however much allows them to increase revenue by 4%.After a series of meetings this fall, the committee appears poised to recommend the board raise the property tax instead of implementing new taxes. ...

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JCPS expanding restorative practices to 20 more schools in 2020

Louisville Courier Journal



Published 3:10 PM EST Nov 25, 2019

































































Jefferson County Public Schools will expand its restorative practice efforts to another 20 schools before the start of the 2020-21 school year, the district announced Monday.Teachers and administrators at about 30 JCPS schools have been trained in restorative practices — a research-backed method to improve behavior and increase student belonging and relationships. ...

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Iroquois High School principal will be reassigned, JCPS says

Louisville Courier Journal



Published 3:30 PM EST Nov 22, 2019

































Iroquois High School Principal Clay Holbrook will be reassigned after a string of assaults in the high-poverty school, the district announced Friday.Of 116 assaults since August across the district's 155 schools, 16 were at Iroquois. ...

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JCPS dress codes punish girls harder than boys, data suggests

Finding a knee-length dress for her 5-foot-8 daughter to appease Eastern High School's dress code was a tall order.But then Vittitoe worried her daughter would break the dance dress code for not wearing a dress. ...

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Louisville lawyer has sued JCPS 53 times, costing millions

Two landmark wins in the early 2000s challenging JCPS' student assignment policies, including one that went to the U.JCPS spokeswoman Renee Murphy argues that Gordon's claim of enhancing safety is a "broad generalization that oversimplifies the issue. ...

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JCPS is open despite snowy weather

Despite the winterlike weather, Jefferson County Public Schools announced just after 4:30 a."










































Several other school districts in other parts of Kentucky, including Hardin, Trimble, LaRue, Grayson, Marion and Warren counties, announced closures Tuesday due to the weather. ...

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JCPS COO Michael Raisor to leave district for consulting firm

Louisville Courier Journal



Published 5:54 PM EST Nov 9, 2019


























Michael Raisor, the chief operations officer of Jefferson County Public Schools, is stepping down to become the senior vice president at a Florida-based consulting firm.Based in Tampa, Florida, MGT Consulting's work includes helping educational and municipal organizations. ...

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JCPS magnet schools may no longer be allowed to kick out students

Louisville Courier Journal



Published 6:16 AM EST Nov 8, 2019





























Magnet schools in Jefferson County may no longer be allowed to kick out low-performing students, a district committee said Thursday night.Critics of the process and many committee members said the exiting process feeds into a caste system in the district's schools. ...

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JCPS elementary schools are improving outcomes for poor kids

Background: New test scores show stark differences in JCPS schools' achievement



The more students in poverty in a school typically means the lower a school's performance is, a Courier Journal analysis found.Half of the 54 JCPS schools with the poorest student populations — 80% or more students in poverty — were in the bottom 5% of all schools. ...

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JCPS has seen string of assaults on teachers, but they're rare

Heightened focus on teacher assaults comes as JCPS is rethinking how it handles school safety.Duncan said students who hit teachers should be removed from their home school and sent to an alternative school. ...

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