Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Jefferson County school transfers are hard to get. Officials say: Capacity, not race, to blame

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the use of race for individual student assignments, Toya Martin of Louisville hoped two of her children could transfer to a nearby school.

"I was like, 'Oh, good. My kids are going to be able to get closer to home,' " she said.

But that didn't happen.

The week before school started, Martin was told that the school her children had applied to, Byck Elementary, didn't have enough space.

That's the case in most Jefferson County public schools, the district's latest enrollment data show.

Seventy-four of the district's 120 non-magnet schools are at or above their capacity, according to figures from the first week of class. And most of the 46 schools below capacity have only a dozen or fewer openings...

This from the Courier-Journal.

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