Commonwealth Policy Center

Jefferson County Public Schools made national news on the first day of school for all the wrong reasons. Its bus routes and service to its 90,000 students were a fiasco. Some kids spent nearly seven hours on the bus, and didn’t make it home until 10 pm. JCPS canceled classes for six days and began a staggered reopening. The Ky Center on Economic Policy blamed Republican state legislators for not providing enough funding. But JCPS made no such complaints about lack of funding before the incident. In fact, they paid over $250,000 to a Massachusetts Artificial Intelligence firm to develop these new bus routes. The problem wasn’t a lack of funding, it was a lack of planning on the part of JCPS administrators.