Louisville’s practice of busing students around the city to try and create more diverse schools is under fire again as Kentucky education officials consider whether to take over management of Jefferson County Public Schools.
Louisville has had versions of the busing policy since 1975 when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered JCPS to begin busing students to integrate largely white schools in the suburbs and largely black ones in the city.
In a massive state audit of the district released last week, interim education commissioner Wayne Lewis said that the Student Assignment Plan negatively impacts minority students and “serves some, but not all students.”
The audit recommended that JCPS create a task force to review the busing plan. The district already has such a committee that has been meeting since the fall.
Lewis recommended that the state take over management of the district. The state board of education could decide whether to do so next month.