Commonwealth Policy Center

In the aftermath of Jefferson County’s school bus fiasco, a group of state legislators are wondering if the school district is simply too big. Twelve Republicans from the Louisville area signed an open letter last month asking for a special legislative session to investigate JCPS, to consider of a school choice amendment, and to consider the division of the district into multiple smaller ones. In the letter, they charged JCPS with failing “in its most fundamental obligation which is to keep our kids safe.” This is the beginning of an important discussion as to how to improve Kentucky’s most troubled school systems. Education freedom is part of the conversation as well. And bringing in competition and giving parents more choices is a good place to start.