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Mon May 13, 2013
JCPS Suspensions Down; Struggle for African-American Students Continues
Overall suspensions are down in Jefferson County Public Schools this academic year, but the district is still struggling with one major at-risk student group.
Hensley says this needs to change.
“We are extremely concerned about that. We’ve put in place a corrective action plan where we’re attempting to address that issue, to put in better interventions for students," he says.
The largest drop came at the high school level, but elementary school suspensions stayed about the same. Hensley says this may be due to new assistant principals put in place at most elementary schools this year. He says some of them may have been over-aggressive in handing out suspensions.
“That’s a training issue and we have scheduled that as part of our assistant principal training this upcoming summer,” he says.
Part of the district’s initiatives includes training staff and teachers in cultural competency, but some have argued JCPS needs to do a better job of addressing the culture inside schools. The group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, has pushed for more positive or in-school corrective actions when students misbehave. That group also plans to address the JCPS school board at Monday night's meeting.