JCPS teachers reported spending an average $500 to $600 of their own money on their classrooms, according to an Insider Louisville survey of nearly 200 teachers in the district. But less than a quarter of educators reported receiving any reimbursement from their schools or PTAs.
As Kentucky’s largest school district moves forward with a new racial equity policy, fresh national data shows that JCPS’ black students continue to be disproportionately suspended and expelled. In the next district data release following both the policy and this story, JCPS reported drops in suspensions while acknowledging continuing gaps.
Twenty-one of JCPS' schools were considered in the bottom 5 percent of the state, 2018 accountability results found. Through mapping those schools, I found they were almost exclusively in poorer, predominantly African American areas.
As teachers across the state called in sick en masse to protest pension changes, I made an interactive map to show how many districts - and therefore students - were closed.
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