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JCPS student assignment plan could see another change

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- JCPS board members are discussing the future of the student assignment plan.  After a hiring a consultant, members could make another change.

Board members at the VanHoose Center began a work session on Monday.  They're discussing how student assignments will look at the elementary school level next year.

Several options are on the table, including Dr. Gary Orfield's recommendation to expand the current six clusters to 13.

Dr. Orfield was the diversity expert hired by the district.   He also recommended that within the clusters there would be three categories based on income, parents' education, and the number of minorities.

The board decided to pare the clusters down to 12.  A new proposal would keep the six clusters, but use Orfield's diversity calculations.

President Steve Imhoff told WDRB last week that the plan keeps schools diverse but students closer to home:  "Perhaps if there are spaces in schools closer to them, then based upon that same census, then allow those students if mom and dad want them, to switch from the present school they're in to the school closer."

The reason for the rush on the plan for next school year is because the Showcase of Schools is less than two months away.

This could all change if the state's highest court agrees to hear a lawsuit from parents who claim state law allows students to attend their neighborhood schools.

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