Courier Journal Editorial:
Yes to JCPS tax plan to improve equity and student achievement
When I ran for the @JCPSKY Board of Education In 2016, I promised I would fight to give all our kids the resources they need to succeed. I am incredibly proud to have championed this issue for over two years, and I ask you to join in saying #Yes4JCPS.
We had ambitious goals for my first term, and we’ve accomplished many of them. Though we still have much work to do, here are some of the reasons JCPS is on firm footing for the first time in many years.
- I fulfilled my campaign pledge to rapidly remove Superintendent Hargens.
- I helped recruit Dr. Marty Pollio to be acting superintendent.
- We listened to your concerns and ideas, including what you wanted in your next leader, and we hired Dr. Pollio to a long-term contract.
- I played a key role in fighting off Matt Bevin’s vicious takeover attempt.
- We reorganized district administration to send more resources to students and teachers.
- I helped push JCPS to become one of only a handful of school systems in the country to implement a Racial Equity Policy.
- We corrected hundreds of deficiencies handed to us by past leadership.
- We provided many different supports to schools to make them safer, calmer, more welcoming spaces.
- We approved the construction of four new schools and a complete renovation of Shawnee High School, including its empty and condemned third floor.
- We funded nearly 100 mental health specialists to work with students.
- We are allowing the community to decide if you want to invest in fair pay for teachers and 21st-century learning spaces.
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