From #OurJCPS: Canvass Saturday, call the KBOE

We know this might be hard to believe, but a lot of people in our community don’t know that that Interim Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis has proposed a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). So, we need to make sure that our neighbors, our friends, and our family members all hear about the proposed takeover and why it’s the wrong decision for our students.

Please join this Saturday us for a community canvass, where we will go out into our neighborhoods, knock on doors, and ask for support. We hope to have conversations about how the proposed state takeover would threaten all of the progress we’ve finally started to make addressing educational disparities for students of color and those with special needs. The #OurJCPS coalition will provide materials for you to use and will answer any questions you might have about canvassing.

Our students need us to come together as a community and protect our public schools, and the best way to make that happen is by engaging with one another. Please register to join us for our community canvass, and make sure our neighbors know that the proposed state takeover is wrong for our JCPS.

Meanwhile, last week, Jefferson County Public Schools unanimously voted to challenge the proposed state takeover of our public schools. That means in 20 days, Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis will be allowed to schedule a hearing with the Kentucky Board of Education (KBOE) that will result in a vote that decides the fate of local control in JCPS.

But we don’t have to wait until that hearing to let KBOE know that our community doesn’t want a state takeover of JCPS. The KBOE will be in regular session this Wednesday at 8:30am at their office in Frankfort (300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Kentucky) to discuss other matters, but we need you to attend or call them while they’re in Frankfort and tell them to oppose the proposed state takeover. If you’re able to attend, please bring a sign showing your support for local control of JCPS.

Use the information we’ve provided here to call the KBOE, and then complete the form to let us know how your call went. We can’t tell you enough how critical it is for parents, students, educators and community members to use their voices and make sure every appointed official in Frankfort understands what’s at stake under this proposed takeover.

Under the direction of Superintendent Marty Pollio, our schools have finally started closing the educational disparities that have long-persisted for our most vulnerable students. Or students of color, students with special needs, students living in poverty, and students from immigrant families can’t afford to have this hard-won progress erased under a takeover.

Please, call the KBOE and tell them to vote no on a state takeover of #OurJCPS.