JCPS planning to end adult education, ESL program

As disconnected youth rates rise across the country, Kentucky’s largest school district plans to discontinue its adult education program after the coming school year. 

Instead, Jefferson County Public Schools wants an unnamed community partner to take over the adult education program at the end of 2022, it said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

“We believe the time has come for us to concentrate all of our efforts on preK-12 education while a community partner leads adult education efforts in Louisville,” the district said in a statement.

“This proposed change is not a reflection on the work of our adult education employees who are dedicated to ensuring those who want to further their education have the opportunity to do so,” the statement continued.

It is unclear which community organization will step in to continue the program, which helps people earn their GEDs and find jobs. It also provides free English-as-a-Second-Language classes to adults learning English. The program has been under the JCPS umbrella for decades.