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18 January Advocate

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January 2018
2018 General Assembly: Not a rosy outlook
With downgraded revenue expectations, pension obligations and tax reform, the upcoming legislative session can’t be anything but tough for P-12 education. As this issue went to press, we still didn’t know if pension reform would be pushed to the regular session, further complicating it.

Charter schools: No waiting
School board members attending KSBA’s Winter Symposium were urged by the state’s top charter schools official not to wait until they receive a charter application to lay the groundwork. That includes policies, training and a process for receiving and reviewing applications.
Lessons for 2017
For this year’s School Board Recognition Month, observed in January in Kentucky, we asked freshman school board members about the lessons they’ve learned as they’ve launched their board service. Hint: Finance was a biggie.

Board trifecta
The three new school board members who took seats on the Hickman County school board this year may have learned a lot about their job, but their assimilation was a snap. 

Annual conference
This year’s KSBA Annual Conference theme, “Kentucky School Boards: Adapting and Achieving,” is played out in clinics focused on changes in the education landscape. Board members also will hear from a trio of speakers on poverty issues, communication and keeping promises.

Whatever happened to?

KSBA has been recognizing outstanding innovative public education programs since 1997. Twenty years later, many of those programs are still improving academic achievement in their districts. 
These freshman school board members from across the state obligingly posed for this School Board Recognition Month picture following a clinic session on the state’s new accountability system during KSBA’s Winter Symposium Dec. 1–2. What are the more significant lessons they’ve learned starting out? Find out here
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