Jess Clark – WFPL |
This story is the first in a 5-part series on the proposed student assignment plan and what it could mean for Jefferson County Public Schools’ (Kentucky) legacy of integration, as well as the district’s future. A new story will post online each morning this week at WFPL.
The onus of integration is on Black youth: according to JCPS, about 95% of Black students leave their community to attend school, as opposed to 5% of white students.
Now a new student assignment proposal would allow West End students an option to stay in the neighborhood. It highlights complicated truths: it will almost certainly resegregate the school district and undo a decades-long commitment to integration. But it also means more convenience for some students, who are burdened with the logistics, travel time and disconnection from their school community.