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JCPS sends written response after harsh criticism from education commissioner

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- JCPS has crafted a written response to comments made earlier in the week by Kentucky's Education Commissioner.

Dr. Terry Holliday said JCPS schools were committing "academic genocide" after a recent report showed that only two of 18 troubled schools are currently meeting the state's standards. He noted that some of the schools have had three years to turn things around, and that it's taking too long for those schools to improve.

"We can't wait much longer for these kids," Holliday said.

A written response to Holliday's comments sent to the media on Feb. 15 signed by members of the Board of Education read in part:

"We share Dr. Holliday's sense of urgency; however, it would be far more constructive if he communicated directly to the superintendent the specifics of what his staff is seeing in order to help students at these schools."

In order to solve academic problems, the response from the Board of Education also had this suggestion:

"When problems arise, we should talk about solutions and formulate plans to overcome these problems. In the absence of communication, goals are compromised and partnerships can come apart."

[READ THE FULL RESPONSE]

The latest state report, with data through the 2011-2012 school year, shows only two of 18 low-performing JCPS schools meet state standards for progress -- Fern Creek and Fairdale High Schools.

Another 11 are showing "some" progress. And five more show what the state calls "zero" progress. Holliday has said the state could take over operations of the schools that are showing no progress.

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