JCPS responds to ‘academic genocide’ criticism by state official

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 12 at 1:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A state education chief's critical comments in Louisville’s "The Courier-Journal" over the weekend calling Jefferson County Public Schools' handling of its low-performing state schools "academic genocide" caught the attention of the school board and had many responding in a meeting Monday night.

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday made the comments about what he called a community-wide problem of 18 JCPS schools that are persistently low-achieving (schools given a "priority" designation for landing in the bottom 5 percent for at least three years).

The school board and Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens along with principals of Fern Creek High, Knight Middle, and Olmsted North Middle spoke at the meeting. All recognized there was work to do but said they are on the right track and said a state report masks the positive gains each of the 18 schools have made over the past few years.
 

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