Five Reasons It’s Time to Support the Jefferson County Board of Education

  1. The JCPS Board of Education has done one of the hardest things school boards do. It made a change in leadership, and ensured management was in place for a smooth transition to the appointment of a new superintendent.
  2. The interim superintendent – supported by excellent leadership staff – has presided over a successful school year, and made the rounds in the community gaining confidence at every stop.
  3. The school board has offered the community an opportunity to take part in its decision-making process for the next leader in a variety of ways.
  4. Teachers and administrators receive more than 100,000 students every day and face every problem that comes in the door – violence, poverty, intolerance, physical/mental disabilities and illness, language barriers, learning differences – and those teachers and administrators devise ways to engage and excite ALL students in learning.
  5. The right way to help is to offer encouragement and moral support. Every good manager knows that. Build on the positive. There’s plenty of that on which to build.

There is no institution that deserves our unified support more. Our school district has its challenges, and will always respond to those challenges, as they will certainly never end. We just have to want to help, and to give credit where it is due, and we will be part of helping meet those challenges, rather than adding to them with public criticism.

About Debbie Wesslund

I served on the Jefferson County Board of Education, Louisville, KY, from 2007-2014 and continue to be an advocate for public schools. There’s a high-level dialogue about public education that swings from positive to negative, with many who seek the spotlight voicing an inaccurate picture of our public schools. Words matter. They get lodged in our public perceptions, creating a narrative that doesn’t reflect the real story. There’s so much more to public education, and much worth applauding in Kentucky and across the country. The stakes are high: public education is the most serious public business we are about as a community, a state and a nation. We must continually renew our resolve to support public education. There’s always more promise in building something up, than in tearing it down.
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