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19 January Advocate

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Kentucky School Advocate
January 2019
Short session, big impact 
Even though the Kentucky General Assembly will only meet for 30 days this spring, education advocates should keep an eye on Frankfort. KSBA’s Eric Kennedy explains what to expect this session and lays out KSBA’s legislative priorities for improving and strengthening public education. 
An eye on education 
The Office of Educational Accountability helps ensure compliance with Kentucky education law. See how the office can help school board members keep up with the rules and regulations of board governance.

Accountability changes coming
The state board of education has approved changes to the state’s 1-year-old accountability system. But before the changes are final school board members, superintendents and anyone interested can comment. 
Celebrating board members 
This month is National School Board Member Recognition Month! School board members serve all year with maximum effort and little praise. This year we’re honoring board members with School Board Member Superlatives as submitted by board members and superintendents. 

All E’s 
Board members will focus on Educate, Equip and Empower at this year’s Annual Conference. Find out about the general session speakers, including Alex Sheen (pictured above), and exciting sessions on tap.

Be an advocate 
Advocacy doesn’t just mean lobbying in Frankfort. A fellow school board member shares, along with KSBA’s governmental relations director, how board members can be everyday advocates for public education. 

Are you ready? 
The Kentucky Educational Development Corporation has developed a program to help students become transition ready. See how it’s helping at 15 schools in the state.
The Kentucky General Assembly will being the 2019 Regular Session on Jan. 8. Many education issues could be at the forefront of this year’s “short” session which will run through March 29. 
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