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:
- Increase base SEEK funding to restore student equity across districts;
- Invest in achievement gap closure through early development in all-day kindergarten and preschool;
- 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;
- Restore relief from high newspaper publication costs;
- Meet the state’s responsibility for student transportation;
- Appropriate all Volkswagen settlement funds for the purchase of clean fuel school buses;
- Help local districts provide modern student facilities in a more equitable manner; and
- 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:
- Allow superintendents to select principals after consultation with the SBDM council;
- 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;
- Allow school boards to request the suspension of a council if warranted in the interest of student advancement; and
- 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:
- Enact a moratorium on all new tax expenditures and begin a review of all existing expenditures; and
- 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:
- Amend the tribunal process to ensure timely due process hearings that are fair to all parties, including students; and
- Adjust tenure laws to allow for the possible loss of tenure as part of a professional development corrective action plan.