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Reaction to Court of Appeals decision on JCPS assignment plan

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The man who led the charge against the JCPS student assignment plan speaks out for the first time since a major court ruling in his favor.

Teddy Gordon appeared on Monday with parents who filed the lawsuit against the school district.  The Kentucky Court of Appeals decided Friday that the assignment plan must go.

The court said JCPS students can attend the schools closest to their home.  Many parents were upset that their kids are on buses for hours to and from school as JCPS tries to diversify their classrooms.

"It was confirmation of everything we've been finding, the parents have been finding for 13 years, had finally come true.  It was a very solid opinion.  It's clearly time for the Jefferson County Public Schools to listen to the appellate judges, it's time for the litigation to end."

"It's been a long hard struggle and a long hard battle, but as far as I'm concerned it needs to end," says Chris Fell, the lead plaintiff on Teddy Gordon's case to get rid of the JCPS student assignment plan.  "Still a feeling of happiness, but a little depression," he adds.

Fell says he lived in a neighborhood just across the street from Tully Elementary.  JCPS wanted his daughter to attend class at Englehard 15 miles away.

If the court ruling stands, the change would go into effect next school year, but Superintendent Donna Hargens says the district plans to appeal it to the Supreme Court.

In the meantime, there's still the student assignment recommendation of consultant Dr. Gary Orfield, who says the district should expand to 13 clusters from the current six.  He says that could keep diversity and cut back on bus rides while getting kids in schools closer to their home.

There is a public forum on that recommendation Monday night at Ballard High School from 7:00 to 8:30.

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