JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio talks after the state board of education approved a deal to avoid a takeover of the district. | Photo by Olivia Krauth

Have something to say about Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment plan? Now is the time to speak up.

As part of a larger push to revise the plan, the district is hosting four listening sessions to receive feedback on how its 100,000 students are assigned to schools. Anyone in the county, direct stakeholder or not, can comment, committee members said in a September meeting.

Sessions will be held:

Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Southern High School

Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. at Central High School

Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Valley High School

Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at Ballard High School

Under a settlement with the state, JCPS must modify the plan in time for the 2020-21 school year. The state doesn’t have feedback or veto power over student assignment, leaving the changes up to a review committee who has been looking at the plan since earlier this year.

In-person forums were one way committee members recommended to receive feedback on the plan in a September meeting. Hosting an in-person option instead of just an online survey would allow them to hear from typically underserved groups — one goal of the process.

An online survey is expected to roll out next month, a JCPS spokeswoman said, but it is still being developed.

The committee hopes to have all data gathered by December or January, Insider previously reported. Then follows what Executive Administrator of School Choice Cassie Blausey called a “pretty ambitious” version of its initial timeline to develop, present and implement a new plan to meet the settlement requirement. 

Under the timeline, the committee is slated to draft a new plan as early as January, allowing for additional feedback before the school board approves the plan in June.

If the timeline is followed, the revised plan will be implemented in time for the school selection process in fall 2019, when students pick schools for 2020-21.

Before joining Insider Louisville, Krauth was a multiplatform reporter at TechRepublic, where she wrote news stories and features about the intersection of technology and business. Krauth is a graduate of the University of Louisville, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism, with a minor in Russian studies. She completed a prestigious Dow Jones data internship at the Austin American-Statesman last summer. Email Olivia at [email protected]


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