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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.
Two Jefferson County Board of Education members have told Insider that they are inclined to challenge the interim state commissioner’s recommendation for a state takeover of the local school district, and one of them expects the matter to end up in court.
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.
While the specter of a potential state takeover looms over upcoming negotiations between JCPS and its teachers' union, the bargaining also will be encumbered by a challenging fiscal environment, as the school district has to weigh state funding cuts against salary demands from the union.
A former chair of the Kentucky Department of Education said he believes this week’s forced resignation of Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt indicates that Gov. Matt Bevin and the new members of the Kentucky Board of Education want a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools.
Two local education insiders are at odds with Kentucky Board of Education Vice Chair Rich Gimmel over whether Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt revealed to JCPS leaders the tentative outcome of a months-long management audit that could have severe consequences for Jefferson County Public Schools.