2018 KSBA Legislative Priorities

2018 KSBA Legislative Priorities

The 2018 KSBA Legislative Agenda focuses on these four priorities aimed at improving the education of each and every Kentucky student. 
 
1) Enacting a budget that gets Kentucky’s financial house in order and moves the state forward together. KSBA asks the General Assembly to: 
  1. Increase base SEEK funding to restore student equity across districts;
  2. Invest in achievement gap closure through early development in all-day kindergarten and preschool;
  3. Protect the Learning and Results Services programs that directly serve students, including family resource and youth service centers, state agency children, gifted and talented programs, and extended school services;
  4. Restore relief from high newspaper publication costs;
  5. Meet the state’s responsibility for student transportation;
  6. Appropriate all Volkswagen settlement funds for the purchase of clean fuel school buses;
  7. Help local districts provide modern student facilities in a more equitable manner; and
  8. Appropriate the full actuarially required contribution amount to the Teachers’ Retirement System, and allow districts to make their increased County Employees’ Retirement System contributions on a reasonable phased-in basis.
2) Reforming school-based decision making (SBDM) councils. KSBA asks the General Assembly to:  
  1. Allow superintendents to select principals after consultation with the SBDM council;
  2. Enact a robust review process with clear school board authority to overturn a council action that hinders the efficient operation of the district as a whole;
  3. Allow school boards to request the suspension of a council if warranted in the interest of student advancement; and
  4. Require the Department of Education to create a new SBDM guidance document.
3) Enacting tax reform that increases general fund revenues. KSBA asks the General Assembly to:
  1. Enact a moratorium on all new tax expenditures and begin a review of all existing expenditures; and
  2. Increase revenues in a reasonable manner so they will grow with the economy.
4) Ensuring an effective teacher for every child through tribunal and tenure reform. KSBA asks the General Assembly to:
  1. Amend the tribunal process to ensure timely due process hearings that are fair to all parties, including students; and
  2. Adjust tenure laws to allow for the possible loss of tenure as part of a professional development corrective action plan.  
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