SERIOUS THREAT TO SCHOOL COUNCILS
The 2017 legislature will make important decisions about the future of school councils.
The first challenge is already here: Sen. John Schickel of Boone County has filed a bill (called BR 426 until the legislature starts in a few weeks) that would give superintendents powers that now belong to councils:
- authority to set school policies in all areas listed in the main section of the law about council roles (curriculum, instruction, extracurriculars, assignment of students and staff, school schedule, etc.).
- full authority to make personnel decisions, including principal vacancies,
- the ability to determine instructional materials,
- authority to plan professional learning, and
- power to decide student support services.
The bill would leave principals with the responsibility to develop wellness plans and decide about educational displays in a school. Councils would become an advisory group.
KASC is asking you to contact legislative leaders between today and Wednesday (Dec. 14). Our elected leaders need to know that councils are an important contributor to school success; that teachers, principals, and parents deserve a strong voice in schools; and that it makes sense to allow decisions to be made by educators and families who know the challenges that schools face and who see students and families every day.
WHAT WE ARE ASKING YOU TO:
1) Contact the following 2017 legislative leaders by phone/e-mail
John (Bam) Carney, House Education Committee Chair
Mike Wilson, 2017 Senate Education Committee Chair
Jeffrey Hoover, Speaker of the House
Robert Stivers, Senate President
Leave a message for all four on the message line, (800) 372-7181 between 8:00 and 4:30, or email.
Some options for messages include:
- I’m against BR 426 because I support school councils!
- I oppose BR 426 because school councils are effective and deserve more respect!
- I’m against BR 426. School councils give everyone a voice!
2) Share this email with other friends and colleagues. It is a powerful way to express your voice in school decisions and make sure others know councils are important.
3) Help KASC show what council members across the state think. Send KASC an email and share your own ending to this sentence:
My voice at the table is important because ____________________________.
We will keep you informed as the legislative session begins and education issues arise.
Thank you for your commitment to students and Kentucky schools!