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After slamming Heiner, Fischer also calls for JCPS changes

by Joe Arnold


Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 6 at 1:21 PM

 Two weeks after Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer criticized a political commercial aired by his opponent, Republican Hal Heiner, saying children should not be used as pawns in the race, Fischer has released a new commercial that also calls for changes to the Jefferson County Publica Schools' student assignment plan:

Louisville's Metro Mayor has no authority over Jefferson County Public Schools and its busing policy.   Yet, but to the extent that the mayor can influence changes in the school district, both frontrunners are now making busing and education policy key issues in the race.

Heiner ad: 

After Heiner rolled out his ad two weeks ago calling for the current student assignment plan to be scrapped, several groups protested the commercial and Fischer criticized Heiner.

"This is a job for the school board," Fischer said on September 23, "The mayor doesn't control the system. So, by politicizing our kids six weeks before a political race, I think it shows poor leadership."

In a new ad out Wednesday, however, Fischer is also calling for changes to the student assignment plan.

"I'm frustrated with the lack of progress in too many of our schools.  If our kids are going to compete, they have to get a first rate education.  And, we've got to fix the student assignment plan.  Our schools have got to do better."