Chris Fell sent me the Powerpoint presentation he created for his candidacy. Here it is.
The lawsuit against JCPS filed by several parents, including Board of Education candidate Christopher Fell, might be ruled on today by the Kentucky Supreme Court, according to WHAS 11. The case (summarized here) hinges on whether the words "enroll" and "attend" mean different things, as JCPS contends.
In spite of watching 800 hours of Law and Order, I'm no legal expert. But the JCPS argument regarding these words has seemed strained at best on a strictly semantical standpoint. Isn't a reasonable expectation that if you are told you can enroll in your neighborhood school, it means that you can attend the school?
Whatever the decision, I hope that we're finally to the end of the fighting, arguments, and anger of almost 40 years of busing. Should the Kentucky Supreme Court rule against the current student assignment plan, I hope that JCPS moves in a direction that doesn't simply create more legal action.
I personally would love to have a great neighborhood school system within JCPS like I had as a student in Oldham County. The biggest advantage was growing up with a sense of community of parents and students from K through 12, which kept us from some of the social hardships that hit in both Middle and High School for many students.
If neighborhood schools is the direction we're moving, I hope that JCPS responds quickly and creates a plan that allows each school to offer the best academic program possible. My fear is that eliminating or greatly reducing choices will drive even more parents out of JCPS because they'll no longer have access to the best schools in the district. If our choices are narrowed to options we don't like, we'll certainly be considering moving our daughter elsewhere.
What do you think/hope the decision will be and why?
UPDATE: NO DECISION WAS MADE TODAY. SORRY, WHAS 11 APPEARS TO HAVE JUMPED THE GUN
Attached below is the completed questionnaire for Christopher Fell, candidate for the JCPS Board of Education in District 7. I have not edited his responses except to insert page breaks and spacing on the questions. If you have questions or comments for Chris, please post them in the comments.
About Rob Mattheu
I created the Louisville BEAT to help JCPS parents become more informed and involved in the school system. You can contact me here.