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The Next Louisville: Public Education
WFPL News is devoting a year to public education. Learn more about The Next Louisville project here. Here are some of our recent stories:
On Monday, Devin Katayama hosted a WFPL news special on literacy with Gwen Snow, associate principal of JCPS' ESL Newcomer Academy, Maria Carrico, an Extended School Services (ESS) coordinator and Dr. Robert Cooter, dean of Bellarmine University’s School of Education. Here are some takeaways from the discussion—and you can listen to the special in its entirety.
Jefferson County Public Schools is actively recruiting young children to enroll in the district’s Early Childhood Programs sooner, but many families have historically put off applying until late summer. Space in those programs may be limited because of budget cuts.
Devin gave a recorder to Johnson Traditional Middle School teacher Cherie Edwards to get her observations from the last days of school. "For my students, I just want to show them that the world is so much bigger than Louisville or wherever they live," she says. "I tell each and every one of them if you get a chance to travel, do it—go somewhere."
While Jefferson County Public Schools has improved its suspension record this year, the district of more than 100,000 students still struggles with the fact that a disproportionate number of minority students are suspended. It's a national issue that districts like JCPS have begun to acknowledge and address, but critics argue that the system is moving too slowly on the issue.
In a WFPL news special, we discussed what changing school culture looks like and ways some schools are turning around results.
A group has launched a campaign against the Jefferson County Teachers Association ahead of contract negotiations that are expected to begin June 3.
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