2013 November Advocate

2013 November Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate

The high cost of cuts
It’s show and tell time: What do millions of dollars in cuts to Kentucky schools look like in the classroom? Or to the students who need extra help or want that elective offering that interests them? To the teachers who spend extra time digging up material to supplement out-of-date textbooks?

Inequity, revisited?
Is a new age of inequity dawning with the increasing reliance on locally generated dollars due to state and federal cuts? Some superintendents think so.

Clinic is no lemon
Why do the folks at Berea Independent think of their school health clinic as making lemonade out of lemons? The district got more than it bargained for when health department nurses were priced out of its range this year, and students, staff and families benefited.

Let it snow
It’s easy to forget the pain of snow days after a couple of mild winters, but, as they say, forewarned is forearmed. With more treacherous winters in mind, some districts have formulated bus routes that can be used when conditions are iffy.

Affordable Care Act
Besides the usual assorted academic data, Kentucky school districts are now collecting another set of figures as they keep tabs on the time their variable-hours employees put in. It’s just one of the aspects of the Affordable Care Act that affects school systems.
Spotlight on new training
This year’s KSBA Fall Regional Meetings put training in the spotlight, as attendees got a preview of some new – and newly required – offerings, from superintendent evaluations to board member ethics. And the focus on finance that began earlier this year continues.
From the magazine
President’s Perspective       
Take Note                 
People Are Talking   
Ed Wellness
In Conversation With
Get Your Message Out
On the cover
Southgate Independent School fifth-grader Bailey Biggerstaff opens his science textbook, with its battered cover and worn pages testifying to its sixth year of use this year. Since the state slashed textbook funds, districts have had to pick up the cost of buying books, but many have postponed these purchases to shore up other areas, like teaching staff. This is just one of the ways federal and state funding cuts are affecting Kentucky classrooms.

About the magazine
The Kentucky School Advocate is published 10 times a year by the Kentucky School Boards Association. Copies are mailed to KSBA members as part of their association membership. One additional issue each year is published exclusively on KSBA’s website.
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