Today at 5 PM, Jefferson County Teachers’ Association (JCTA) triennial general elections will draw to a close. Following a contentious campaign cycle, a diverse group of teacher members vying for more than a dozen open seats on the Board, (including the four key leadership positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer), will learn how… Continue reading “Friendly Incumbent” or “Friendly Fire?”
You may remember the recent flak JCTA's political action committee received when they stuck to their endorsement of Jason Nemes. https://twitter.com/oliviakrauth/status/1318677202427383808 You may also be aware that same JCTA-endorsed candidate is now chairing an committee to impeach our public school friendly governor. He also voted for charter schools and the infamous "sewer bill." But terrible… Continue reading Terrible Endorsements Are Nothing New
JCTA Elections end Wednesday at 5:00 PM. If you are a member, be sure to exercise your vote before the deadline! To make an informed decision, check out all of our resources on our JCTA Members page. In particular, you can read about the 20-Year Timeline of the Teachers' Pensions, and also sign up to… Continue reading It’s Our Time, JCTA!
In 2016, according to a post made by JCTA member and candidate for JCTA Vice President, Randy Wieck, JCTA blocked transparency of the private money (equity) contracts, so-called "proprietary", in 2016 (see bottom of Action from 2016). The private money firms divulge what they choose, and charge what they like, and this cannot be revealed… Continue reading JCTA blocked transparency of private money (equity) contracts
In a recent letter from ACRE, https://acrecampaigns.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Letter-to-Schwarzman.pdf A Huge Wall Street Scandal Just Exploded In Kentucky Jacobin Magazine, July 22, 2020 Kentucky sues Blackstone and KKR over fund performance Financial Times, July 22, 2020 Lawmakers Push To Defund The Insurrection Legislators request review of pension investments flowing to Wall Street firms whose execs funded groups… Continue reading Are Teachers’ Pension Assets Tied to the Insurrection?
JCTA officer elections quietly come around every three years. Tomorrow will kick off the next triennial 8-day popularity contest. Their long-standing President, Brent McKim, has a Black female challenger. Incumbent Vice President, Tammy Berlin, seeking her third term, has a Black male challenger. The Treasurer slot is being sought by a vocal critic of McKim’s… Continue reading What They’re Not Telling You.
Let's begin by laying the foundation. It's January 25, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky, home of Breonna Taylor. Breonna was a graduate of Jefferson County Public Schools. JCPS is three times larger than the second largest school district in the state of Kentucky (nearly 100,000 students), and 29th largest in the country. I am a privileged,… Continue reading A Brief Primer
KY House Bill 5 - fast tracked through the Kentucky House and Senate with little fanfare earlier this month - is an ALEC-styled bill that will prohibit Kentucky's governor from reorganizing boards and commissions. It was vetoed by Governor Beshear last week, while the legislature is in recess. His veto is expected to be overturned… Continue reading Teachers Pension’s Swan Song
The recent election for Better Schools Kentucky, a political action committee within the teacher's union, which endorses candidates and directs member dues money to candidates for key legislative and school board seats, uncovered numerous anomalies and programming concerns with the union's antiquated electronic ballot system. Candidates asking too many questions created an avalanche of more… Continue reading Botched BSK Election
Join the team that wants to bring transparency, democracy and member representation back to JCTA. Join the team that wants to bring better endorsements, fully funded pensions and racial justice to JCPS. JCTA Members, learn how you can get a free campaign t-shirt and/or yard sign for joining the team. (Allow 2-3 weeks for shipment.)… Continue reading It’s Our Time, JCTA!
Or is it? Last month's election for JCTA's political action committee (PAC), better known as Better Schools Kentucky, was not devoid of excitement and intrigue, that's for sure. If you missed it, you are probably not alone. Only those who are familiar with JCTA bylaws would be aware that one would have to call… Continue reading Third Time’s A Charm
Illustration for Dramatic purposes: Let’s say there’s a school district somewhere that has approximately 18,000 employees and 95,000 students. Now, let’s imagine if everyone in that district caught COVID-19. Since we know approximately 1 in every 50 people who catches COVID dies, that would mean somewhere around 360 employees and 1,900 students… Continue reading Could You Make A List?
This message was sent via email to Board Member James Craig on Dec. 1, 2020, ahead of the Work Session on the Student Assignment Plan proposal discussion. Good evening, James, I wanted to reach out as your constituent, first to congratulate you on the tremendous strides toward equity and racial justice that the district is… Continue reading Re: Student Assignment Plan Proposal
Over the past several months, Chris Kolb failed to return calls or meet with key Coalition for the People's Agenda Education Committee representatives. In a Sept. 2, 2020 email addressed to 12 Black and Black-allied leaders who had expressed objections to not being able to be heard at board meetings since March in order to… Continue reading JCPS VOTERS BE FOREWARNED:
This parent writes, Have you ever questioned the JCPS school system? I’m going to share my story with you. Last year we decided to take our youngest son out of JCPS traditional school and put him into a private school. As the school began for this year I started receiving notifications that they had placed… Continue reading Passing The Buck
If you live in District 7 (see map), or know folks who do, we need your urgent attention! Chris Brady has decided not to seek reelection to Jefferson County's 7-person school board and there is a dangerous candidate hoping to fill his seat. We need your help in making sure this does not happen. Not… Continue reading School Board Candidate WARNING!
The public has been denied the opportunity to speak at JCPS board meetings since COVID forced all public meetings to be held virtually in March. On July 16, Gay Adelmann and Tyra Walker met with Dr. Pollio over Zoom, to make him aware that a handful of powerful players were continuing to derail grassroots groups'… Continue reading Timeline of Recent Events
A true story about microaggressions, racism and feeding the pipeline to prison in JCPS. "Dear JCPS, Before I start to disclose the contents of the topic of this letter, I want to state that everything in this letter is a FACT! Not some hypothetical situation. Not some situation that happened somewhere else in America (although… Continue reading Daquan’s First Weapons Charge
Dear JCPS, My name is XXXX and my son is in 2nd grade at XXXX Elementary. I have been carefully watching our county's positivity rate and balancing that against what I believe to be best for my child and I am writing to ask that you please give consideration to having the option of our… Continue reading At-risk K-3 students should return to in-person learning
A “live REAP” is one of the reasonable demands that is evolving as part of the Coalition for the People’s Agenda. Therefore, it is imperative that the public not be misled about the existence of this document ahead of the anticipated Board vote on the Student Assignment Plan changes on Sept. 29th. Please contact your… Continue reading Where’s The REAP?
Not long ago, a JCPS teacher sent an email to staff regarding a message from the Black Student Union. What happened next is a "Teachable Moment." What are your thoughts? Join the conversation in our Private Facebook Group: Dear JCPS Teachable Moments.
When efforts to reconcile differences over support of West End and Black families continued to break down, Dear JCPS was left with no other option than to withdraw from the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, Louisville. Full story. "Instead, Dear JCPS is honored to be working with the Kentucky Alliance Education Committee on their revival… Continue reading Dear JCPS Severs Ties with AROS
Dear JCPS Superintendent Pollio, Board Chair Porter and Board of Education Members:During this critical moment in the movement for Black lives, not only across our nation but right here in JCPS, it is unacceptable that JCPS Board Meetings continue via Zoom, without an adequate forum for stakeholders to express our concerns publicly. Since March, the… Continue reading We, The People, Object!
BY ASHLEIGH MILLS (SPECTRUM NEWS) KENTUCKY PUBLISHED 11:00 PM ET AUG. 10, 2020 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Education advocacy groups in Jefferson County are meeting behind the scenes with teachers to gather input while crafting a growing list of safety demands for Jefferson County Schools. On Monday, Dear JCPS, Save Our Schools, and other advocates participated in a… Continue reading JCPS Education Advocates Hold Virtual Teacher Forums
https://youtu.be/l5T0PPqJ_aU After watching this week's episode of Save Our Schools with Dear JCPS... Complete the survey to let district leaders know your thoughts on safely returning to in-person school. Sign the pledge to stand with JCPS Grassroots Organizations as they stand up for our most vulnerable students. Join KEU to stay up-to-date with the… Continue reading 3 Things You Can Do Today
Dear JCPS is proud to launch a new private Facebook group called Dear JCPS Teachable Moments. A lengthier explanation of this new program can be found at the end of this week's episode of Save Our Schools with Dear JCPS. If you suspect a JCPS employee is exhibiting reckless or culturally biased behaviors that could… Continue reading Teachable Moments
Dear JCPS, Whether or not you choose to share this message is up to you. I have been a JCPS parent for the last 7 years. 2020 was officially our last year enrolled in JCPS because we moved. As a college educated, working mother of two, I chose to join [Dear JCPS Private Group] to… Continue reading Figure it out, for the kids!
This is a DRAFT of our legislative priorities for 2020. We want your input! Please help us rank them and provide examples of each of the categories listed below. Suggested edits and additions also welcome. ACHIEVING EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE in JCPS “with E’S” FROM OUR JCPS BOARD MEMBERS & SUPERINTENDENT, we demand: EVIDENCE-BASED education practices Realistic… Continue reading Educational Justice With “E’s”
Dear JCPS, XXXXXX is a school in need of something. My child attends there and wants to learn but tells me everyday how disrespectful the kids are to teachers and some teachers spend half their class time trying to gain control of the class. My daughter has a class with a teacher who can barely… Continue reading Students and Teachers Are Drowning
Dear Anonymous, Iroquois is not on fire. You are! Bring your buckets of water if that’s what you think because you’re a liar with your pants on fire. Our school isn’t perfect. You won’t find one that is. Sometimes we have above average challenges and at all times we have an above average staff to… Continue reading Iroquois is NOT on Fire! You Are!
Dear JCPS, I am a teacher at Iroquois High School. We are on fire. The recent news reports only show a very small portion of the absolute hell our school has become. Today (Friday 11/1/19) I witnessed no less than four fights. This is the norm. A kid sat in traffic on Taylor Boulevard. We… Continue reading Iroquois is on FIRE
Louisville Judge sides with Dear JCPS co-founder. Orders JCPS to release PTAs' financial records to the public. "In these challenging times, as educators and decision makers explore the glaring inequities in our district and seek ways to resolve them, Dear JCPS wants to make sure every student has an advocate in their corner -- especially… Continue reading Big Win for the Little Guys!
Below are some quick links to some of the recent blog posts, board speeches, member letters and news stories regarding the 15th District PTA. Dire Warning From a Louisville Public School Mom - Blog postThe PTA Revolving Door - And a from the floor candidate - News storyThe Board’s Role in Oversight of External Organizations… Continue reading 15th District PTA is Mired in Controversy
https://youtu.be/KI7n3d70XkM Dear JCPS, I understand JCPS legal counsel has issued a “hands off” directive regarding oversight of external organizations. And hand’s off is fine as long as principals and administrators are told the same thing. But they’re not, and that’s problematic. I understand that we are under intense scrutiny from the state. Criticism from the audit… Continue reading The Board’s Role in Oversight of External Organizations
Shawnee Parent, Carroll Bennett, addresses the JCPS Board of Education on June 11, 2019. Dear JCPS, I am a parent of a recent graduate from the Academy At Shawnee, and I became aware of a situation, not at my child’s school, but at another school that serves a very similar population. I learned that a… Continue reading District Should Look Into PTA Elections
And Why We Are Asking Members of the JCPS Board of Education for Their Help Click on the image to sign the petition. Dear JCPS, Thank you for your time! My name is XXXXXX XXXXXXXX. I am a parent of students that attend XXXXXXX and XXXXXXX Middle. I am writing this letter to make you… Continue reading Why I Decided to “Run From the Floor” for the District-wide PTA Board
By Gay Adelmann With the recent bullying and threats of retaliation against JCPS teachers who stood up for their students and their profession, and the distractions caused by leaders attacking those who are standing up for teachers, instead of pushing back on the bullies, it might be easy to overlook important upcoming opportunities to reshape… Continue reading I’m Done Being Silent
Watch the video here. Dear JCPS, Our district is headed for a state takeover in 2020 UNLESS we come up with an authentic, community-supported student assignment plan now! We did not escape it. We only postponed it. We know auditors will be back. What are we doing about it? Quietly making minor tweaks to the… Continue reading Put Student Assignment First
A behind the scenes look at Kentucky's modern education reform history. The day was March 28, 2019. It was the last day of a 30-day legislative session. Teachers in the state's largest school district, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) had just successfully "sicked out" six of the last seven days legislature was in session. I… Continue reading Sickouts or Sellouts?
https://soundcloud.com/wfmp-forward-radio/dear-jcps-mayes-episode-edited?in=wfmp-forward-radio/sets/save-our-schools-with-dear 0:00 Student 1: "I think you and I have had a pretty good relationship over the past 4 years and I just wanted to make Mayes aware of a situation that was pretty personal that happened yesterday. I was at the football practice filming ... and [one of the players] came over to talk… Continue reading Excerpts from the Mayes Audiotape
There’s an election going on. A very important election. For the first time in 20 years, ever since the sitting president removed term limits for himself and his loyal accomplices so they could remain in power, he and his white incumbents face a very a real threat from dissatisfied rank-and-file members A Black, female educator,… Continue reading Experienced Black Female Educator Challenges Status Quo