From California to New York, the charter school attack got a taste of democracy
NOVEMBER 23, 2018 5:59PM (UTC)
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Jefferson County Public Schools has halted plans to redesign one if its lowest performing high schools. Several parents voiced opposition to the plan, saying JCPS was moving too quickly. Shawnee PTA president Gay Adelmann says many parents she called following the announcement of the proposals didn’t know about the changes, though JCPS did offer public hearings.
Gay Adelmann moved to Louisville in summer 2012 with her son, who was preparing to enter his freshman year of high school. They immediately began looking for schools. That wasn’t new to the family—they’d moved around the country several times before. But Louisville would be different.
Nonetheless, public school advocates see the programs as an attempt to privatize a public responsibility.
“They have cleverly crafted a way to have this money be taken from public schools in a backdoor way,” said Gay Adelmann, president and co-founder of Save Our Schools, a group that advocates for Kentucky’s traditional public schools.
Since the legislative session began Jan. 3, Adelmann, whose son graduated from Jefferson County Public Schools, has made frequent trips to Frankfort urging lawmakers to vote against the tax credit bills.
She said she won’t stop until they are defeated.
“As a taxpayer, I pay taxes because I want strong public schools,” she said. “We don’t have anything against private schools or Catholic schools. We just think people need to pay for them out of their own pocket.”
“He’s been able to turn things around at schools that are some of our most challenging schools,” said Gay Adelmann of Dear JCPS. “We are a challenging district right now, and being able to apply that at the district level is exactly what we need.” “He has invited us for a meeting,” said Adelmann. “That’s a refreshing change and a breath of fresh air.”Insider Louisville
Before Bevin arrived, protesters, including a representative of the group Dear JCPS, were ready to greet him with signs. Bevin came in through a different entrance. The protestors were not allowed inside the meeting and were kicked off church property. “It seems like they knew that we were here and they dropped him off at a different entrance,” Gay Adelmann with Dear JCPS said.
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