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Metro Council passed a bipartisan resolution expressing opposition to a state takeover of JCPS by a 16-1 vote, which stated that a takeover would undermine the voters of Louisville by eliminating the power of their democratically elected school board.
GLI CEO Kent Oyler emailed board members on Tuesday to state that he had not advocated for the state takeover of JCPS as was recommended by the new education commissioner on Monday -- despite Oyler's statement that same day expressing support for the recommendation and hope that it would improve the school district.
Despite the education commissioner's recommendation for the state to take over JCPS and strip power from its democratically elected school board, Gov. Matt Bevin told reporters on Tuesday that "local control" would remain as long as Superintendent Marty Pollio was the person implementing changes mandated by the state.
Gov. Bevin said he would leave the job status of Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt in the hands of his Kentucky Board of Education appointees, in addition to further explaining his controversial "guarantee" on Friday that students were sexually assaulted while left at home during school closures.
With the state’s public educators watching, the Kentucky General Assembly overrode three of Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes on Friday. One was the budget, the other was the revenue bill with the tax overhaul and a third phased in pension costs for local governments.