Markus believes that a strong public school system is crucial to a strong and vibrant Louisville and as such has been a champion for stronger accountability and partnership with JCPS.
Markus led the effort to try to keep kids in school during the Covid-19 pandemic, urging JCPS to explore all available options that would keep kids safe and in school (like utilizing the convention center, YUM! Center, etc). Markus has also been a proponent of stronger partnership with the city on anti-violence initiatives.
Markus has been a leader in the funding of Evolve502, a scholarship program for all JCPS graduates that allows them to obtain a tuition-free 2-year degree or job certification.
Over the next four years, Markus will advocate for even stronger partnership with JCPS. We have school assets in most neighborhoods in our city and those assets should be utilized to deliver services. Schools could be utilized to run community centers, adult education centers, neighborhood places and more after hours and on weekends.
To help address issues of student safety, Metro Louisville and LMPD should be working with JCPS on an early warning system within schools. Markus understands that what happens inside of schools is directly linked to what happens in our neighborhoods (and vice versa) and partnership between Metro government and JCPS is critical.