Legislative News
Thursday, May 05, 2022 03:51 PM

2022 Summary Legal Changes Impacting Kentucky Schools

This summary is organized into three categories:

Council Action Required
These laws will require the council to take action, revise policy, or will have a direct impact on the curriculum/instruction/assessment experiences in the classroom.

Need to Know
These legal changes include information that’s important to know for being leaders in the community and could impact council discussions and decisions.

Good to Know
These laws do not require any council action but contain information that’s good to know as someone who cares about education and has a leadership role.

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 11:50 AM

SB 1 Urgent Call to Action

Senate Bill 1, a bill to drastically amend the SBDM law, was passed by the Senate on Saturday, January 8, 2022. This bill makes the school council simply an advisory group.

SB 1 takes principal selection away from the council and gives the Superintendent the full authority to choose the principal with only consultation by the council. The council members must sign a nondisclosure agreement to keep all principal selection discussions confidential or face lifetime sanctions.  

The bill gives Superintendents the final say in selecting the curriculum, textbooks, instructional materials, and student support services for all schools in the district. Once again, the school council only serves in an advisory capacity.  

In addition, SBDM policy would have to be consistent with school board policy. This greatly diminishes parent, teacher, administrator, and student engagement in school decision-making and puts restraints on the kind of innovation that helps schools meet their students’ needs.

Thursday, January 13, 2022 01:19 PM

Legislative News 2022 | Volume 1

Included in this volume:

Monday, September 13, 2021 12:13 PM

Legislative News | Special Session Update

The Special Session ended late on Thursday, September 9, 2021 and SB 1 became law.

SB 1 forbids state government from issuing a mask mandate in schools and gave local school districts the authority over masking and other COVID-19 issues. This week each school board in Kentucky will be addressing the masking mandate issue and will post their COVID-19 plan on the district website. 

The legislature met in a special session from September 7-9, 2021 to address online school days, funding, personnel, and masks. (See details on the bills being voted on below.)  In your school, try to avoid this being a divisive, political issue. Instead…

Think about how you can approach the uncertainty and fear of the current situation. Below is sample language and resources to stay focused on the reasons for wearing masks, instead of the arguments for or against them:

“Let’s not lose focus on our student's learning while protecting the health and safety of everyone in our school community. As a community, we can care for each other by wearing masks. This is not anyone’s ideal situation, but we can each do our part to keep each other healthy and learning.”

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