Rivals on the field, allies for JCPS schools
One played for Manual. One played for Male.
One played for UK. The other for U of L.
Both made it to the NFL – but never played on the same team.
Michael Bush (Male High School, U of L, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals) and Keenan Burton (Manual High School, UK, St. Louis Rams) teamed up today at Central High School field today to stand with JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio and Bellarmine men’s basketball coach Scotty Davenport to support Yes 4 JCPS.
“Athletics can make a huge difference in a young person’s life,” said Michael Bush, who graduated from Male in 2003. “But if you don’t have the equipment and facilities that your competitors do, it affects your performance and it affects your confidence. That’s true on the field and in the classroom.”
Yes 4 JCPS is a bipartisan (and bi-rivalry) effort to invest in public education by encouraging voters to pass a “tax levy question” on the back of the ballot.
“Right here in Louisville, I believe, we have some of the greatest athletes and smartest kids in the country, but we have to invest in them – we have to give them time, attention and yes, money,” said Keenan Burton, who graduated from Manual in 2003.
If passed, the measure would create a modest increase in property tax rates for Jefferson County homeowners ($70 a year on a $100,000 home) but it would add up to millions of dollars in new investments at JCPS.
The new revenue would mean about $54 million a year to invest in increased student instruction time, better technology for students, and important improvements to school facilities.
Bellarmine University men’s basketball coach Scotty Davenport also joined the event. As a former coach at Ballard High School, Davenport said he witnessed firsthand the importance of investing in students and closing opportunity gaps.
“I’ve coached in public schools, I attended public schools, I believe in Jefferson County Public Schools. I also know that when some kids are consistently falling behind, the answer is not to starve schools of resources and just ask them to work harder. If we demand better outcomes, we as a community must hold up our end of the bargain. We have to make the investment,” said Davenport.
“We are facing very difficult questions throughout our community, OUR young people are the answer,” Davenport continued. “We need them to be the best they can be. THEY ARE THE ANSWER!”