Kentucky Education Commissioner talks about possible state-run schools

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 14 at 7:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- "A state takeover," the words sound more dire than what would actually happen in Jefferson County Public Schools. Kentucky's Education Commissioner says the state could come in and manage the turnaround at some of the 18 persistently low achieving JCPS schools. He says the state's handling could look a lot like charter schools.

“Certainly. One of the options we have, we don’t call it charter, we call it education management organizations,” Commissioner Terry Holliday said.

Charter schools are run like private schools but are state funded. Talk about takeovers and education management organizations come after the commissioners harsh words for Jefferson County Public School.

“Academic genocide, what is happening in JCPS, are kids of color and kids of poverty are being shut out of the economic future that many kids at Manual and other schools have,” Holliday said.

Questions have been raised about the timing of these comments. Commissioner Holliday admits the information about the troubled schools is not new but he says it's time to get the community worked up about this.

“The community has accepted it and it’s time for the community not to accept it and the state is just as much to blame as the community or the school system,” said Holliday.

Holliday says there is a new recovery manager for troubled schools from the state in JCPS.
The manager raised concerns about the handling of the district’s turnaround in the fall.  Holliday will review the test scores from this year over the summer and make a determination of the next course of action.
 

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