The Jefferson County Teachers Association has endorsed Democratic candidate Greg Fischer in the Louisville mayor’s race.

The mayor has no direct power over education, but all of the candidates have proposed various methods for improving schools. Most recently, Republican Hal Heiner proposed ending the student assignment plan and offering incentives to teachers who will work in under-performing schools.

Fischer’s plan centers on after-school programs, more nurses in schools and more parental involvement.

Independent Jackie Green has also proposed ending the student assignment plan, but he says affordable housing must be distributed evenly across the community to keep schools and neighborhoods diverse.

From the Fischer campaign:

Louisville’s teachers today endorsed Greg Fischer for Mayor, saying he has the vision, insight and experience to lead the city and help improve education.

“Teachers touch all our lives and are the foundation on which we build our community,” Fischer said. “I am honored that the teachers believe in me and my campaign.”

The Jefferson County Teachers Association represents 6,000 teachers, librarians, speech clinicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

Fischer has been discussing ways to improve education since his campaign began more than a year ago.

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