Kentucky Department of Education IDEA Complaint – Fayette County Public School System

Legal staff with the Children’s Law Center negotiated an agreement with the Fayette County Public School System to address disparity in discipline practices which disproportionally impact youth of color and students with disabilities in the school system. The commitment by the Fayette County Public Schools is a multi-year agreement. Components of the agreement include a detailed collection and review of data tracking discipline practices in the school including court charges against youth; the creation of compliance committees that include community members to ensure compliance in the agreement, district-wide training in Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS), a revision of the school’s discipline code in accord with PBIS and a review of placement decisions and intervention plans for all children placed at the district’s alternative program, Martin Luther King Junior, Academy for Excellence. PBIS training will be conducted by the Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline (KCID). CLC staff members are participating in compliance committee meetings and ongoing review of progress with KCID and the FCPS. To learn more about this agreement listen to the CLC radio blog interview with former Superintendent Stu Silberman, Civil Rights Compliance Officer Barbara Connor, KCID PBIS specialist Judy Boggs and lead attorney Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto.

Radio Blog Interview

Disciplinary Practices - Agreement

Article in The Lexington Herald-Leader