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Education
8:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

JCPS Officials: 'Equity Scorecards' Can Address Achievement Gaps in Race, Language

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Jefferson County Public Schools will release its first “equity scorecards” for schools in November, which will delve into academic disparities—in race and language, for example—that have existed in the district for years.

The district plans to use the scorecards to guide schools in improving the education outcomes for all students.

“We really need to be honest in terms of challenging the perceptions and the biases that we all hold,” says Judi Vanderhaar, evaluation specialist for JCPS who helped lead the initiative.

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Education
9:32 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

JCPS Board Narrowly Approves Student Assignment Changes

Four individuals spoke in opposition of the student assignment changes.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved changes to the district's student assignment plan that will reduce school options but give many students shorter bus rides.

After lengthy discussion Monday night, the board ultimately approved revisions to the elementary school plan that create 13 clusters in which parents can choose schools for their children. The board retained the current six cluster system for middle and high schools, but approved new diversity criteria for all schools.  

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Education
7:43 am
Mon June 11, 2012

JCPS Board Votes On Superintendent Evaluation, Student Assignment Changes

The proposed 13 cluster plan would offer less school choice but some students could travel shorter distances.

 

The Jefferson County Board of Education will vote on two key agenda items at Monday night's board meeting.

The first is the evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens’ first year on the job. Board chair Steve Imhoff says he’ll be surprised if the evaluation isn’t favorable. But there’s no way of knowing what discussions the board has had.

The board met once in private last month and will again meet behind closed doors before Monday night’s board meeting.

The decision to meet in executive session is their choice. Legislation was changed in 2010 to allow this, after the Courier-Journal sued the district to gain access to then-superintendent Sheldon Berman’s evaluation.

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Local News
11:58 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Chosen Families and the Ballroom Scene: Jaison Gardner, Defining Fairness

Jaison Gardner describes ballroom shows as "akin to fashion shows, akin to a talent shows," and says they started with LGBTQ people of color, mostly gay men and transgender women, in 1970s and 80s Harlem.

Gardner was one the founders of our local ballroom community—but if you haven't heard of it, he's not surprised. "The ballroom scene has historically been an underground scene," he explains, "much like hip-hop was back in its early days."

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Local News
11:51 am
Tue May 22, 2012

LGBTQ Community More Than Black & White: Tiff Gonzales, Defining Fairness

Tiff Gonzales is a fourth-generation Mexican American, native to Texas, who identifies as queer both in gender identity and sexual orientation.

Tiff moved to Louisville five and a half years ago. She says when we talk about race in Louisville, we're generally only talking about black and white. Latino issues are rarely part of the conversation, and when they are, it often only includes immigrants. "There's so much that draws me to this city," she says, "but that invisibility is something that I, on a regular basis, would struggle with to determine whether or not I can continue to live here."

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