Alliance group, ministers, parents rally behind Ky. Education Commissioner

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on February 15, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 9:41 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Black Alliance for Educational Option, ministers and parents will meet in front of Shawnee High School at 9:30 Friday morning to show their support for the Kentucky State Education Commissioner who proposed taking control of low performing schools in the Jefferson County Public Schools district .
 
"Only six out of a hundred kids in Shawnee or Iroquois graduate college career ready. Out of the hundred that enter the 9th grade, only six graduate four years later." Commissioner Terry Holliday said.

Holliday said the state could take over and orchestrate a turnaround at some constantly low achieving schools. There are 18 in Jefferson County.

The group said they will be at the high school to ask lawmakers immediate action.

If the state does take over the schools, Holliday said they would become like charter schools - privately run but funded by the state.

The JCPS foundation officials said they have serious questions before anything is done.


 

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