A look at KSBA’s 2017 Legislative Agenda
Kentucky School Advocate
KSBA’s first priority is to support all public schools and to help ALL students.
Continued focus on closing the achievement and opportunity gaps is critical to the students of Kentucky and all legislative changes should be focused on creating equity, and should include:
• Local board engagement in the charter school discussion.
• Maintaining local control and oversight of public education.
• Serving ALL students from all backgrounds, regardless of ability.
• Requiring all schools to meet the same achievement goals.
Assessment and Accountability
Any legislative changes needed to facilitate the implementation of ESSA and new assessment and accountability models should keep student learning at the forefront, protect local control, and foster collaboration over competition.
Tax reform efforts producing additional revenue should be adopted to provide adequate resources for educating Kentucky children.
KSBA is concerned about the overall health of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Pension reforms considered by the General Assembly in 2017 should be adopted only if the reforms:
• Improve the funded status of the CERS.
• Do not increase contribution rates.
• Provide proportionate representation of employers on pension boards.
• Relieve employers of costs associated with pension spiking not due to abuse.
Effectiveness of Educators
The General Assembly should adopt changes to the teacher tribunal system to address concerns regarding the process of removing teachers facing disciplinary issues, a process that currently allows tribunals to uphold or overturn the recommendation of a superintendent.
A Current Look at Our Progress in Public Education
In 2016, the college/career readiness rate jumped to 68.5 percent, up from 62.5 percent in 2014, meaning over 10,000 additional students are ready for college or a career.
The percentage of students scoring at the proficient and distinguished levels has increased in nearly every subject and at every grade level since K-PREP was implemented in 2012.
Schools and districts are improving as whole, with over 800 schools and 138 districts classified as distinguished or proficient.