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Last month, Kentucky's Supreme Court upheld the right of the Jefferson County Public School system to decide where to assign its students - upsetting proponents of a return to neighborhood schools and encouraging those who support the current plan that busses students to achieve diversity.
But it should be noted that this ruling did not say neighborhood schools are unconstitutional. It merely confirmed JCPS's right to adopt a different assignment plan - leaving open the possibility that the school board could someday change its policy. And that policy is determined solely by the county's Board of Education.
Three of the seven school boards seats - 42% -- are on the ballot this November. All three races include candidates on both sides of the issue. And one district has a total of six candidates running, which means it could be decided by only a handful of votes.
Whatever your stand on student assignment - and both sides have valid points to consider -- you'll never have a better chance to influence the system. But you can only do that by studying the candidates closely, choosing the one who most closely shares your values and then actually going to the polls.
So this year, if you care about your school system, do more than just talk. Make sure you take part in determining its future.
What are you looking for in a school board candidate? Call and let us know.