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JCPS continues to examine changes to student assignment plan

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- JCPS continues to inch closer towards making major changes to its student assignment plan.

When expert Gary Orfield made his recommendations for changes to the student assignment plan, he said they were designed to reduce the time students spend on buses while still maintaining diverse schools. It will be up to the Board of Education to implement those changes, and that is a task easier said than done.

"How far can we push this toward neighborhood because that's what this looks like a lot to me?" said Board Member Linda Duncan.

Orfield's plan calls for the district to be broken up into 13 different clusters instead of the current six. In theory, more clusters will mean a shorter ride for kids to and from school.  It will be up to the Board to decide exactly where the lines for the clusters will be drawn.

"We've already got some areas that are pretty diverse. Why don't we concentrate where it isn't?" said Board Member Debbie Wesslund.

The work session came ten days after the district wrapped up a series of community forums. Parents completed surveys and offered feedback.

"We felt like we received back a lot of good information from all the families," said Director of Student Assignment Jack Jacobs.

It's all part of a process that is expected to take months, so JCPS is urging parents eager for changes to the student assignment plan to be patient.

This may be a moot point if the state Supreme Court upholds a decision made last month.  A judge ruled that JCPS students have a right to attend their neighborhood schools.

During its next meeting on November 7th, the Board will examine all the feedback from the community, and present a timeline for the changes it will make to the assignment plan.

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