By: Sayheed Ashanti
Community Activist

I am a father of four students in JCPS, two of whom are in some of the lowest achieving "priority" schools in Kentucky.

Right now, parents have no control over where their children are educated because of the school district plan for busing. No parent should ever have to watch their child go to a failing school every single day, especially when there hasn't been any real investment in fixing these schools from the JCPS board.

JCPS current policies puts our lowest paid and least experienced teachers into the lowest achieving schools. Instead of sending more experienced educators to help tackle this problem, the JCPS board refuses to give them financial incentives to teach in our neighborhoods.

With a $1.6 billion budget this year, why can't they afford to enact policies like this? The JCPS board just gave up $15 million for the federal Head Start program, but when it comes to paying experienced teachers to teach my children, they don't have enough money?

I believe my children shouldn't have to travel across town to get a good education, I believe that JCPS has a duty to treat all neighborhoods equally, and that my children have the same right to be taught by veteran teachers as anyone else. This is why I believe in a change for JCPS to better give my children and yours a chance for success.

I'm Sayheed Ashanti, and that's my Point of View.

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