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KY Education Commissioner gives JCPS "to-do" list

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday met Tuesday with JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and two board members to discuss improvements the district needs to make.

In a 6-page letter, Holliday listed several things the district needs to accomplish to avoid the state taking over efforts to turn around its problem schools.

Holliday says the district must make those improvements soon.  

According to Holliday, JCPS has 18 of the lowest-performing schools in the state; Holliday also says the district has yet to provide the state with a clear strategy for improving those schools.

Specifically, Holliday says JCPS officials have not given principals and assistant superintendents proper training in turnaround strategies.

Holliday has previously stated that the Kentucky Department of Education could take over the district's turnaround efforts if the concerns aren't addressed by this summer, but he says the state would not take over the whole district, just low-performing schools.

He spoke with WDRB about the situation last week.

"It's likely that one or two, most we're seeing good progress already for the districts working with us very well," Holliday said.

In the letter, Holliday says he'll also review the results from the 2013 school report cards to determine the next steps that include a district leadership audit or district management audit.

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE KDE Letter to JCPS]

Hargens released the following statement in response to the letter after Tuesday's meeting: 

"JCPS and KDE share the responsibility and resolve to increase student achievement. The meeting today focused on our mutual goal of improving communication and aligning our efforts to benefit students.  JCPS continues to address the concerns Dr. Holliday first brought to us last month and will collaborate with KDE to review the recommendations and remove any barriers to student success."

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