Judge blocks Senate bill restricting powers of Jefferson County school board

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A Jefferson County district judge has granted a temporary injunction against a Senate bill that would have restricted the administrative powers of the Jefferson County School Board.

According to a ruling by Jefferson County District Judge Charles L. Cunningham Jr., the declaratory judgment blocks legislation that would have given JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio more power over day-to-day operations, such as the hiring and expenses.

Senate Bill 1 is due to come into effect on July 14 and would have imposed restrictions on the school board.

The ruling filed Monday prevents school districts from having to follow the amendment’s guidelines.

“Voters, parents, students and taxpayers of Jefferson County are entitled to equal protection under the law,” the decision states. “In this context, the Commonwealth of Kentucky cannot treat these individuals arbitrarily.”

Jefferson County School Board filed a complaint in Junearguing that the legislation was unconstitutional because the description of the amendment would only apply to Jefferson County.

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