This week’s Sunday Edition column at WDRB.com reveals that millions in state funds allocated since 2008 to finance the Jefferson County School System’s “Every 1 Reads” program have actually been diverted to pay school nurses. And there’s something very wrong about that.
We’re talking about almost six million dollars, and no one in the state Department of Education -- or the legislators who approved the budget in the first place -- knows if the money is actually being spent as intended? And JCPS’s excuse that they weren’t trying to hide anything falls flat, considering there’s no record of anyone in the school system personally notifying anyone involved in approving those funds about the switch, either in conversation or other correspondence.
And another question: Why has JCPS apparently decided to give up on “Every 1 Reads” in the first place? At its peak, it enjoyed the support of over 10,000 community volunteers and robust private funding, and was producing measurable, positive results.
If JCPS needs more nurses, fine. But they should have to justify that cost as a separate item. As it stands, they’re just trying to short cut things by paying for them with money that was intended to support a valuable program they’ve essentially abandoned, and that’s not right.
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I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.
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