High Court Upholds Jefferson County Student Assignment Plan

Sep 20, 2012

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that students have no legal right to attend any particular school in a decision that delivers a setback for the push for neighborhood schools in the state. The high court's ruling upholds the plan currently in use by Louisville's school district about how students are assigned to schools across the county.

Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson wrote that state law is clear that school districts across Kentucky have the authority to distribute students throughout the district based on what the board sees as the best method.

Abramson wrote that the plaintiffs in the case may use the ballot box to alter the plans.

Thursday's decision overturns a Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling tossing out the student assignment plan in the state's largest school district.