Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA)

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School Choice as Public Policy is Immoral 02/01/2024

School Choice as Public Policy is Immoral Ten years ago, in an essay for the Washington Post, I wrote that the federal push for charter schools had corroded commitment to community responsibility in the United States. Students, educators, and parents had suffered through the Obama Administration's Race-to-the-Top requirements for charter sc...


Kentucky currently ranks 40th in average teacher salary. Governor Beshear is continuing to bolster his Education First plan, which calls for a 10% raise in educator pay, and will be advocated for this legislative session.


JCTA is proud to support the Bikes or Bust effort, along with so many of our other local unions, to be sure children with the greatest need in our community are able to receive a bicycle over the holidays.


The Jefferson County Teachers Association is shocked and saddened by the trend of swatting schools.

We applaud the fast responses by JCPS and LMPD to ensure student and staff were physically safe. The terror created by these kinds of hoaxes causes real trauma for our students and educators who live with the constant fear of school shootings.

This is domestic terrorism. Our students deserve better.



Written by Mill Creek Elementary JCTA Member Shannon Drummond:

‘Twas the night before the second day of school,
For JCPS students it was day one…take 2.

First day outfits laid out nice and neat
We’re just gonna pretend like we didn’t see them last week.

Haircuts are old and braids are hidden under fuzz,
Johnny’s now a car rider because his dad don’t trust the bus.

Backpacks are ready
Airtags in tow,
Just in case that transportation doesn’t show.

Mama’s determined to know where her kids are,
Plus she’s gonna be following the bus in her new car.

Teachers are looking over their management plans one more time,
To make sure they can figure out how to keep Johnny in line.

Lunch ladies are prepping; making sure hairnets aren’t torn,
Practicing their, “Hey Baby, do you want peas or corn?”

Drivers have GPS and shoulder buds on their mark,
To make sure they get these kids home before dark

Principals won’t sleep at all tonight, not even a snooze,
Stressing to make sure their schools don’t end up on the news.

In all seriousness and jokes aside
I wear my JCPS ID with pride
Not a perfect district by any stretch of the imagination
But every single person I’ve worked with loves kids and is passionate about education.

So whether or not things go as planned
From the start to the finish of the day,
We WILL make it through with smiles on our faces
Especially since it’s payday. OKAY!

Say a prayer for us or on some wood would you knock,
Because I have to be at work at 7:00!

-Shannon Drummond, JCPS Teacher

Feel free to share, but please credit me as the author.

Louisville - Campaign Launch for Governor Andy Beshear’s Reelection · Kentucky Democrats 05/06/2023

Governor Beshear is kicking off his general election tour and wants to show a large KEA presence at these events.

Sunday, May 21
1:30 p.m. ET
The Palm Room
1821 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40203
Signup link:

Louisville - Campaign Launch for Governor Andy Beshear’s Reelection · Kentucky Democrats Governor Andy Beshear & Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman are kicking off their reelection campaign with a tour across Kentucky!! Come join us at The Palm Room, 1821 W Jefferson St, in Louisville on Sunday, May 21st at 1:30PM! The governor will meet supporters, address the importance of this el...


JCTA Statement on the Veto of Senate Bill 7

JCTA strongly supports Governor Andy Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 7. This bill would have gone far beyond selectively prohibiting payroll deduction for certain labor unions while allowing payroll deduction for others. It would have prohibited payroll deduction for every “legal entity” other than certain police, fire, and corrections unions. Such other “legal entities” prohibited from receiving funds from public sector employers include private sector vendors who currently have payroll deduction arrangements with public sector employers, such as financial services and insurance providers. Charitable organizations who receive contributions through payroll deduction would also have been harmed.


Butter is ready for the cold front.


JCTA Supports Local Control of Public Education:

The Jefferson County Teachers Association strongly supports local control of public schools, by those closest to the learners. Not only is this the most democratic way to operate these public institutions, but it is how we create school environments that most effectively promote learning. By elevating the voices of each school’s students, teachers, and families, we can best make our classrooms relevant and engaging for each learner, which is essential for student success. For this reason, the Association believes district decisions are best made by local boards of education, rather than policymakers in Frankfort, and school decisions are best made by School Based Decision-Making (SBDM) Councils, rather than school boards or superintendents.



Due to unforeseen circumstances, the JCTA Racial Justice Subcommittee/Roots 101 August 5th Community Event--"The Hands-On Whole Child Education Fair" is being postponed. A new date will be announced soon!

2022 Cultural Pass gives free access to area museums, music and art venues in Louisville and Southern Indiana – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville 06/01/2022

2022 Cultural Pass gives local youth access to arts and culture

Louisville and Southern Indiana residents up to age 21 can access several local cultural venues with the 2022 Cultural Pass.

The Cultural Pass was created in 2011 by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office to promote children’s access to museums and other cultural spaces.

Residents can register for a Cultural Pass through local library websites and start picking up passes June 1. The 2022 pass is valid through Sept. 4.

2022 Cultural Pass gives free access to area museums, music and art venues in Louisville and Southern Indiana – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville The Cultural Pass is free for people up to 21 years old. It gives access to museums and art venues across Louisville and Southern Indiana.


Congratulations to JCTA member and Fern Creek High School teacher Evan Roberts for his come-from-behind Jeopardy victory!!!



Staycationing this Spring Break? Spend it at the Library!

Looking for activities to keep kids and teens entertained during spring break that won’t break the bank? Check out the Louisville Free Public Library! With more than 100 free programs, LFPL can help combat spring break boredom with fun and engaging programs for all ages. From performances with Louisville Orchestra ensembles and Kentucky Shakespeare to Mr. Moustache’s Magic Show and STEAM Clubs, the Library has you covered.

Find the complete list of programs and more at:


HB 9 will allow out-of-state corporations to open for-profit charter schools that will drain essential funding from our existing public schools. The bill also exempts charter schools from laws that assure quality, including laws against nepotism in hiring, laws that require administrators to have an appropriate certification, laws protecting students from unreasonable discipline, and laws requiring minimum requirements for classified employees in schools, including mental health practitioners, teaching assistants, school bookkeepers, and cafeteria workers. We thank Governor Beshear for his commitment to veto this harmful bill and call on all legislators to stand up for our public school students by rejecting HB 9. Public schools should be operated for students, not for profits.

Ky. Senate gives final passage to statewide charter school bill 03/30/2022

JCTA President, Brent McKim, speaks out against HB 9 which would allow for-profit charter schools operated by out-of-state corporations to siphon off essential funding from our public schools.

Ky. Senate gives final passage to statewide charter school bill House Bill 9 now heads to Gov. Andy Beshear's desk.

School Choice Proposal 03/25/2022

Needing clarification regarding the JCPS School Choice Proposal? You may find this information from the district to be helpful as it outlines the proposed changes, explains the "WHY", etc.


JCPS began working with a committee made of community representatives, parents and staff in 2017 to reimagine the Student Assignment plan. The current Student Assignment plan has not undergone a comprehensive review in almost 40 years. Historically, the plan has advantaged White affluent families with greater financial and social capital.

JCPS is committed to co-creating a plan with our community that ensures that all students have equitable access to high quality school choice options within JCPS. After working with the committee, the Board adopted the Guiding Principles below and these have shaped the work in the new proposal.

School Choice Proposal Moving forward with Equity

URGENT: STOP a tsunami of charter schools in Kentucky. Stop HB 9. 03/06/2022

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URGENT: STOP a tsunami of charter schools in Kentucky. Stop HB 9. It seems hard to believe, but Kentucky will go from no charter schools to a charter school tsunami if we don't act now. House Bill 9, crafted by the charter lobby, will have big charter chains rushing into the state if passed. It would be one of the most irresponsible charter bills in the nation. He... - Free at-home COVID-19 tests 01/17/2022

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FYI....Beginning Wednesday, January 19th, you can order free rapid COVID-19 test kits through the government at the following website

A total of four test kits can be ordered per household. Feel free to share this information with your family members, relatives and friends. - Free at-home COVID-19 tests Every home in the U.S. can soon order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests will be completely free—there are no shipping costs and you don't need to enter a credit card number.


🗓️ NTI UPDATES | Due to COVID-19 staffing shortages, JCPS will continue on Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI ) this week.


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