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Thursday, February 23, 2023 02:50 PM

Legislative News 2023 | Volume 4

Volume 4| February 23, 2023

Dear KASC Members,

This week the legislature continued to discuss the teacher shortage.  HB 319, a teacher shortage bill, passed the House Education Committee. This bill contains several provisions to bring more teachers into Kentucky classrooms and ease the burden for current teachers.  HB 319 Committee Substitute allows classified employees to perform classroom instructional activities without direct supervision by certified staff (page 46). It provides a one-year interim certificate for individuals with a bachelor degree and four years working in that area. It also adopts the Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact, making it easier for teachers in any eligible state to receive a Kentucky license.  Ten states must adopt the Compact before it takes effect.  HB 319 is now before the full House.    


Also, on Monday KET’s Kentucky Tonight Show featured Kentucky Education Commissioner, legislators and other teacher advocates discussing the teaching shortage and possible solutions. Click here to watch the archived video from this Kentucky Tonight show.


Remember - The archived video of committee meetings and floor debates can be found on the KET legislative website.

Friday, February 17, 2023 11:01 AM

Legislative News 2023 | Volume 3

Dear KASC Members,

Today is Day 11 of the thirty (30) day legislative session and new bills can be filed until February 22.   There have been at least four bills filed this session under the title “parents rights” SB 102, SB 150, HB 173 and HB 177.  In particular, SB 150 is the most active as it was heard last week and again today in the Senate Education Committee.  These bills address a multitude of issues ranging from required policies listing parents rights, issues relating to nicknames and pronouns, complaint procedures for parents with grievances against local schools, private rights of actions for parents, curriculum and instruction limitations, prohibition of KDE guidance in some areas, restroom and dressing room violations, prohibition of drag performances, plus many more issues. Here is a link to KDE Commissioner Glass February 13 Monday Message discussing a misunderstanding of KDE guidance on the use of student’s preferred names and pronouns—one issue addressed in these “parent rights” bills. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/KYDE/bulletins/3487fa2


Remember - The archived video of committee meetings and floor debates can be found on the KET legislative website.

Friday, February 10, 2023 11:18 AM

Legislative News 2023 | Volume 2

This week the General Assembly returned to Frankfort for Part 2 of this legislative session ending March 30, 2023.  On February 7, the House Education Committee heard testimony on the teacher shortage from KDE Commissioner Glass, district leaders and a teacher. The purpose of the hearing was to find ways to attract and retain more teachers.   There was discussion regarding the causes of the teacher shortage and possible solutions.   Dr. Glass said that we need to work on increasing teacher compensation and offer support and respect for our educators.   These legislative discussions will continue throughout this session plus these issues are already being examined by other education groups and business communities.  The archived video of this committee meeting and other legislative meetings can be found on the KET legislative website.

Thursday, February 02, 2023 02:51 PM

Legislative News 2023 | Volume 1

Included in this Volume:

-Senate Bills

-House Bills

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