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Catching up on the #KYed news from today:

1. The Kentucky Board of Education is moving forward with four candidates in its hunt for a new commissioner.

We will likely know the names of the finalists before the Fourth of July weekend.
2. @JCPSSuper held a briefing and said the district is still considering its reopening options.

If JCPS goes back to NTI, he says the district wants to move toward more live-instruction (aka "synchronous"). Internet access still a major problem, though.
3. Just two people spoke at a public hearing about new elementary school proposed at 18th and West Broadway.

One, the librarian at Wheatley Elementary, said she wants to make sure that if there is a shiny, new school, her students get to enroll there.
The other, Yolanda Walker, of the California neighborhood association, said people in that community view Wheatley as a piece of pride and history. What happens to the community when it closes? she asked.


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THREAD: I left Jefferson Square Park at 8:40, hoping to run up to the CJ and use the restroom before curfew set in at 9.

As someone who writes about Louisville’s kids for a living, I think it’s important I tell you what happened next.
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Following the #BreonnaTaylor protests in Louisville tonight for @courierjournal.

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There are also folks back at 6th and Jeff.
Crowd of about 100 walking back to Jeff Square. Notably, no visible police presence at the interstate on-ramp.
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INBOX: Some news related to Louisville's disconnected/opportunity youth efforts.

@louisvillemayor has made two appointments to expand the city's Office of Youth Development -- which in recent years, as the @courierjournal has reported, was not treated as a priority.

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And that's the type of people teachers & other public school staff are.

They are selfless, often to a fault.
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Happening now 👇

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