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COUNCIL IMPACT FROM LEGISLATIVE CHANGES

The most significant changes to council authority are in Senate Bill 1. However, it’s not the only bill with direct impact on your work as a council member.  

KASC is here to help. With concise summaries*, we’ll tell you what you need to know from this legislative session and how it will impact councils for the 2022-23 school year. Based on the information currently available, we have distilled the many legal changes into priority areas:

  1. Open meetings rules to reflect advances in technology (House Bill 453)
  2. Updates to election options (Senate Bill 1)
  3. Required SBDM policy—consultation in principal selection; Superintendent selects the principal after consultation (SB 1)
  4. Curriculum development and selection of textbook & instructional materials (SB 1 for all schools; SB 9 reading for elementary schools)
  5. Limitations on social studies instruction and instructional materials (SB1) 
  6. Budget decisions for instructional materials and school-based student support services (SB 1 for all schools; SB 9 reading for elementary schools) 

*If you would like to read a more detailed summary of each of the laws referenced in this document click here: 2022 Legislative Summaries: Legal Changes Impacting Ky Schools

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW: 

→ When do these laws go into effect? All the portions of the law referenced in this update (except SB 9 on Early Literacy) will take effect on July 14, 2022.  SB 9 has an emergency clause, but only KDE is impacted immediately. 

→ What does “Consistent With School Board Policy” mean?  SB 1 provides that most school council policies shall be “consistent with school board policy” and help the school meet schoolwide and district goals. KRS 160.345(2)(c)1 , KRS 160.345(2)(i) and pages 3 and 9 of SB 1.

In the past, only a few policies from the SBDM Law included the language “consistent with school board policy.” This does not mean that the school board dictates what the SBDM policy says. Rather, the SBDM policy must not be in conflict with areas the board has authority such as funding, budget and personnel matters.

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