JCPS Board Files Lawsuit to Block Senate Bill Restricting Administrative Powers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – The Jefferson County School Board has filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky Commissioner of Education to block sections of a Senate bill seeking to impose restrictions and requirements to the council.

The complaint was filed Monday with the Jefferson Circuit Clerk, seeking a temporary injunction to prevent the provisions of Senate Bill 1 from proceeding.

Senate Bill 1 is an amendment to a revised Kentucky law that would require the powers and duties of a school board and superintendent with a consolidated local government.

According to documents, the bill would prohibit the board of education from meeting more than once every four weeks and would give the superintendent administrative duties to submit by-laws and policies to the board for a vote, among other duties. .

In the lawsuit, the Jefferson County Board of Education said the legislation was unconstitutional because the amendment’s description only applies to Jefferson County, the bill’s restrictions providing descriptions do not s applying only to the Jefferson County Board of Education.

“The elected board of the largest school district in the state should not be subject to special and important decisions. legislative overbreadth that limits our ability to uphold our constitutional oaths,” Diane Porter, president of the Jefferson County Board of Education, said in a statement. “The taxpayers of Jefferson County deserve to have elected school board members who oversee their schools the same way all other school districts in Kentucky do. It is unfortunate that we are forced to turn to the courts to redress the wrongs the Kentucky Legislature has inflicted on this council, the citizens and the students we represent.

The council said the amendments were not disclosed before the bill was presented to the General Assembly, saying in the lawsuit that the restrictions and mandates arose the day they were passed by the House of Representatives. of Kentucky after previous hearings without these changes.

Jason Glass, the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit. It says that if SB1 goes into effect, Glass would have the ability to report school board violations to local prosecutors for possible “charge, prosecution, or conviction.”

SB1 is expected to go into effect on July 14.

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