Fight over neighborhood schools continues as opposition grows

Future of HB 151 in question

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – The discussion over HB151, known as the neighborhood schools bill is growing louder while opponents of the bill held a news conference Monday.

Sources connected to the Senate told WHAS11 News they’re beginning to question whether HB151 will even receive a hearing after having passed the house with heated debate and accusations by opponents that the plan will re-segregate schools.

It passed the House along a nearly party-line vote backed by the new Republican majority.

Now some have said they don’t think the bill will be heard by a committee before the shortened session ends.

The opponents included Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens, senators and community leaders who repeated calls to kill the bill for fear it will not improve struggling schools, lead to racial imbalance in student populations and hurt neighborhoods needing the most support.

Senator Dan Seum said if the bill gets to Committee, he will file an amendment so the proposal only targets elementary schools and only in Jefferson County.

"I'm as concerned as anyone around this table but this is not like a flip of the coin that something is going to resolve itself just because you have some hair-brained idea serving yourself and what you think should be this is going to take great effort,” Sen. Gerald Neal (D) -KY Senate Dist.  33, said.

Senator Gerald Neal discounted the amendment and the plan as currently pitched. 

If the community schools bill is going to pass time is running out. There are only 5 days left in the shortened session. 

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