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The ACLU is analyzing hundreds of pages of data it has obtained from JCPS in a public records request related to the soon-to-be-launched males of color academy to assess next steps, which could include a legal challenge based on gender discrimination.
Jefferson County Public Schools leaders are rejecting criticisms that the soon-to-be-launched local males of color academy is cherry-picking of academic high achievers and undermining the district’s emphasis on diversity.
This fall, 156 boys in khaki pants, white shirts, ties and navy sport coats will step into Gheens Academy as the inaugural cohort of W.E.B. DuBois Academy, a “males of color” model school that local leaders hope will help close an academic achievement gap that has plagued especially African-Americans.
JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio has turned down an invitation to join SCALA, stating that he "cannot join a group that is actively advocating for state takeover of our district and removal of our board."
Already under scrutiny from federal Head Start officials, JCPS this school year recorded an additional 18 incidents in which staffers or others reported that young children had been left unsupervised or abused, the district has told Insider.
SCALA founder David Jones Sr. urged a Rotary Club crowd to call Gov. Matt Bevin and ask him to "fix" Jefferson County Public Schools -- adding that the state has the capability of fixing it and "it's going to take a takeover of the schools."
With the possible arrival of charter school applications in Kentucky only weeks away, JCPS leaders are forging a new path — which may be copied by other districts — to figure out how to determine an applicant’s financial clout and operational capacities to launch a new school.
The head of Kentucky’s Division of Charter Schools said that it is “extremely unlikely” that any charter schools will open in the commonwealth unless the state legislature figures out a permanent way to allocate money for such schools.
A coalition of public education advocates asking SCALA members to publicly break ties with the group says that some members have indicated privately that they will no longer participate in SCALA or will stay and insist that it become more inclusive.
James Miller, the chair of the Journalism & Communication magnet program at duPont Manual High School, has been selected one of the four Distinguished Advisers in the 2018 National High School Journalism Teacher Awards competition of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.