KDE Local Superintendents Advisory Council hears updates on legislation, amendments to education records regulation – Kentucky Teacher

Graphic that says: Local Superintendents Advisory Council Virtual Meeting April 12, 2022The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Local Superintendents Advisory Council (LSAC) heard updates on House Bill (HB) 9, Senate Bill (SB) 9amendments to policies on school-related student travel and revisions to a regulation on student records and hearing procedures during their meeting on April 12.

The purpose of the council is to advise the state school principal and the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) on the development of educational policies and administrative regulations. Eleven members are appointed by the Legislative Research Commission; seven members represent each of the state’s Supreme Court districts, and four members serve the state at large.

Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass provided a brief update on HB 9, legislation intended to open charter schools in Kentucky. The legislation would provide federal, state and local money for charter schools, which have been legal in Kentucky since 2017 but lacked a permanent funding mechanism. HB 9 was vetoed by Governor Andy Beshear on April 7. Glass expects the legislature to override the veto before the end of the legislative session.

The law, once enacted, establishes the funding mechanism for how funds will be transferred between a resident school district and a charter school. All districts would have to transfer Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funds if their residents attend a charter school. Districts with fewer than 7,500 students would have the final say on whether to open a charter school in the district.

“Local school districts will be forced to transfer their local funds. There is a constitutional question of whether or not the legislature can do this,” Glass said.

Glass also provided an update on SB 9, which allows the existing Read to Achieve grant to be fully funded, while also providing the Read to Succeed fund to promote high-quality reading instruction and intervention services throughout the Commonwealth to support all Kentucky residents. younger readers. It was signed by Governor Beshear on March 29.

Glass said the problem with previous reading legislation is that allocated funds were largely used for intervention services, when addressing the root cause of reading problems is important to improving learning outcomes for all students. He said SB 9 attempts to bring a more comprehensive reading program to the state and he is excited about the progress.

KDE Division Director Beth Hargis shared reviews of the KY Tech Policy 09.36, regarding area technology center school-related student trips, which included an update to require parent signatures on student field trip permission forms. Hargis said the policy was last updated in 2017 and included a broken link, which has now been fixed. He also said the field trip permission form has been updated to include additional contact information for parents. The LSAC voted to approve the amendments.

Felicia Nu’Man, an attorney at the KDE Legal Services Office, shared reviews to 702 CAR 1: 140, a regulation relating to student records and hearing procedures. Nu’Man said the regulation lacked clarity and had confusing language. She said that KDE reviewed the regulation and revised it to more closely align with federal regulation and Kentucky statute, and to improve clarity for school districts. The LSAC voted to approve the amendments.

On other business, the council:

  • Received updates on efforts related to United we learn, KDE’s vision for the future of public education in Kentucky. This vision is based on three central themes: creating a more vibrant experience for every student, fostering innovation in our schools, especially as it relates to assessment, and creating a bold new future for Kentucky schools through collaboration with our communities. Efforts include a partnership with PBL (Project Based Learning) jobs. Glass said that KDE now has a 3-year contract with PBL Works, which will provide training on project and problem-based learning; Y
  • I heard an update from Glass about the contracts awarded by KDE to educational cooperatives across the state. Each cooperative will receive a portion of federal pandemic relief funds to support deeper learning. He also said that the Local Learning Labs (L3) now have three cohorts. The L3s are designing various evaluation and accountability structures based on community feedback.
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