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Gordon Files Motion To Reopen JCPS Suit

Louisville attorney Ted Gordon was back in court Monday, filing a motion that asks a judge to reopen Gordon's suit challenging Jefferson County Public Schools student assignment plan.Gordon is basing his motion on recent public statements made about the plan.Circuit Judge Irv Maze this month dismissed the suit that claimed JCPS was in violation of a state law that allows parents to enroll their children in the school closest to their home. Maze ruled that the law doesn't guarantee children the right to attend that school.Gordon wants the judge to give the case a second look, saying school officials and others have been using the terms "enroll' and "attend" interchangably."If he sees fit, due to statements that have been made by (JCPS) Superintendent (Sheldon) Berman,spokespeople for JCPS, adminstrators and board members, as well as state senators, to reopen the case for the taking of proof," Gordon said.JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman says Gordon is just trying to keep the pot stirred and the only language that matters is what's in the state law."The judge was very clear, the decision was decisive and I don't see that changing," Berman said.Maze is expected to consider Gordon's motion next week.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.