The Kentucky Supreme Court upheld the student assignment plan of Wyatt's client, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). The trial court had agreed with JCPS and initially dismissed the lawsuit claiming a statutory right to attend a neighborhood school. However, the Court of Appeals agreed with the plaintiff families and ordered JCPS to adopt a new student assignment plan. The Supreme Court's opinion reversed and again dismissed the contentious lawsuit, finding there is no statutory right to attend a neighborhood school. The Court further stated "Student assignment within a school district in Kentucky is a matter that the legislature has committed to the sound discretion of the local school board." The decision was important not only for our client, but for school districts in all 120 counties of Kentucky. Wyatt lawyers Byron Leet, Lisa DeJaco, and Annie MacLean represented JCPS in this matter. To see a copy of the opinion click here and to read news coverage of the opinion from The Courier-Journal click here.
Jefferson County Public Schools Victorious in Kentucky Supreme Court Decision Upholding its Student Assignment Plan
September 20, 2012