Kentucky district to open school to support girls of color

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JCPS, Jefferson County Public Schools

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky school district has voted to open a school aimed at supporting girls of color.

The Courier Journal reports the Jefferson County Public Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the all-girls academy, which district plans say will focus on science, technology, engineering, math and art. The district said it expects to spend about $5.2 million on the academy over its first three years.

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The district plans to open the academy for the 2020-21 school year. It will initially serve about 150 sixth graders with plans to expand to serve grades six through eight. The district expects the school to serve a total of 450 students from all over the county. The district opened a similar school last year aimed at supporting boys of color.