State lawmakers from Louisville agree that Jefferson County’s public school system needs to improve, but disagree along party lines over whether the state should intervene in the management of the district.
Sen. Morgan McGarvey said that state education officials haven’t shown that a takeover would solve any of the district’s problems.
“There’s nothing suggested by the interim commissioner about how he’s going to fix that by taking away the voices of the people of Jefferson County from the process involved in governing their schools.”
Kentucky’s interim education commissioner Wayne Lewis last month recommended that the state takeover Jefferson County Public Schools after a scathing state audit of the district’s management.
Lewis said in his recommendation that he would leave JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio in charge of day-to-day operations of the district, though he would have to report weekly to state officials and follow a corrective action plan.
A takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools would by far be the largest undertaken by the state.