The Academy @ Shawnee has been in the news a lot recently, but the truth is not what the district leaders would have you believe. We've been begging for their support for years, and instead of flotation devices, they throw us bricks. Students need supports and interventions, they respond with retribution. A timeline of events going… Continue reading Academy @ Shawnee Garners Support from Alumni, Community
Dear JCPS, When my son was in the eighth grade he and I made a point to attend the Showcase of Schools. At the time, his goal was to find out how to apply and audition for the orchestra as a cellist at YPAS. It was a Friday night and there was a nice turnout… Continue reading The Academy @ Shawnee Suffers From Neglect
Dear JCPS, I have a senior at the Academy@Shawnee in the Aviation magnet program. My husband and I stepped out on faith when we agreed to allow our son to attend school at Shawnee to pursue his interest in aviation and aeronautics. We did not make this decision lightly and visited the school on a… Continue reading Student and Staff Safety
Opinion letter submitted to the Courier-Journal The public education community – made up of students, parents/guardians, teachers, staff, and community leaders – is fighting a difficult battle, playing out locally as well as nationally, to save our public schools from a well-funded, well-orchestrated movement to privatize public education. While some of these efforts may be… Continue reading Endorsements Go Against True Public Education Interests
This letter was sent to the JCPS Superintendent and Board Members by an Academy @ Shawnee parent on Nov. 3, before the student-initiated WDRB news stories aired. Student names in this letter have been replaced with first initial. The instructor who was instrumental in the student's decision to transfer to Shawnee and fly the plane at… Continue reading What is it going to take for JCPS to listen?
Dr. Hargens and Members of the Board, I am the mother of M, a junior at the Academy@Shawnee who is also a member of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. When my daughter was in her final year of middle school at Highland Middle, I carefully considered all her options for high school, both in and… Continue reading Concerned Parent of Academy @ Shawnee Student
Dear JCPS, I have been hearing from teachers and staff all over the district that while the public and administration seem to be aware of the bus driver shortage, they do not seem to be aware the problems our schools are having getting substitute teachers, or the hardships that it creates for teachers, staff and… Continue reading Sub Shortage Is Everyone’s Problem
Dear JCPS, Jefferson County Public Schools needs to increase security personnel and surveillance capabilities in their schools. My children attend [High School Name Redacted] High School. On September 26 my daughter's purse was stolen at school, along with her car. No thanks to the school or the police, we located the car, and were able… Continue reading @JCPSKY High Schools Need Increased Security
Dear JCPS is in the process of aggregating responses from school board candidates as they respond to various groups in the district, as well as endorsements they receive. We will continue to add them here as they are brought to our attention. Be sure to check back after the candidates school board forum hosted by… Continue reading School Board Candidate Responses from Various Sources
Something I threw together for my meeting with the Governor's aides today.