URGE YOUR LEGISLATOR
In January 2020, the Prichard Committee created a structured plan for investing an additional $1 billion in education through 2026. Thanks to the support of our legislature, Kentucky has already made that first 20% step on the way towards $1 billion and is on track to meet our Big Bold Ask. The Prichard Committee has doubled down on its Big Bold Ask to put education on the road to recovery.
We ask that when prompted you urge your legislator to support related education legislation.
TIPS ON CALLING YOUR LEGISLATOR: A receptionist will take your call on behalf of your legislator.
Inform the receptionist that you are a constituent and would like to convey your feeling on an issue.
You will need to give basic information including your name, address, the issue about which you are calling and your opinion. It is helpful for you to have the name and/or number of the bill you are discussing.
Phone calls are viewed as a means of communicating a brief opinion. For example, “I want Representative Doe to vote against the XYZ bill.” If you want to communicate more than that, consider writing a letter or scheduling a meeting.
The Prichard Committee’s legislative agenda is designed to help Kentucky achieve a Big Bold Future where every Kentuckian can thrive, contribute to, and benefit from our shared progress as a state. Click here to see this year’s legislative priorities.
Legislative Tracker on Education
PRICHARD PRIORITY BILL COVERAGE
CALL TO ACTION
HB 1 is the House budget proposal, which was introduced the first week of the session. It is sponsored by Representative Jason Petrie.
03/30/22- Delivered to Governor
03/29/22- signed by Governor
CALL TO ACTION
Establishes the Kentucky Early Entry Initiative pilot program where early career teachers work toward National Board Certification
January 5, 2022 introduced in the House
Background Information or Position
Superintendent determines curriculum and hiring of principals; School councils consult on processes
KEES Award to include a dual credit course award amount
Increase the dual credit tuition rate ceiling amount; add eligibility for high school freshmen and sophomores; add career and technical education courses to the Dual Credit Scholarship.
Require designated core American documents; prohibit teacher from being compelled to discuss current events or controversial topics; prohibit training, orientation, or therapy that presents any form of race or sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of race or sex
Add proprietary (trade) schools to KEES
No school shall offer any classroom instruction, discussion, or instructional materials that promote bigotry, revisionist history, or critical social justice
The creation of The Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership; Encourages non-profit and for-profit employers to offer child care assistance as a benefit by matching employer contributions with state dollars
Public charter shcools, funding, insurance, retirement, operations
The terms "cash assistance" and "public assistance" do not include foster care, kinship care, fictive kin care, or relative placement payments
No public school or public charter school can offer any classroom instruction or discussion that incorporates designated concepts related to race, sex, and religion
No public school or public charter school offers any classroom instruction or discussion that incorporates designated concepts related to race, sex, and religion- inclusive of public postsecondary institutions
Permanent funding for full-day kindergarten.
Include the employment of reading interventionists as a purpose of the reading diagnostic and intervention fund; prevent the state board of education from limiting grant recipients from expending grant funds for authorized purposes
Include naloxone among the medications each school shall have an employee trained to administer or to assist with self-administration; require training for naloxone
Tax Credits for Kentucky Educational Savings Plan Trust
Jerry Miller, James Tipton, Killian Timoney
Ban Corporal Punishment in Schools
Raise Preschool Eligibility to 200% FPL
Require a public comment period at local board of education meetings.
Require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form as a high school graduation requirement
Make the statewide assessment program composed of a series of interim assessments if approved by the USDOE
Establish the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development
Freedom of speech at public postsecondary education institutions
Require local boards to have dyslexia policy
Expand COVID testing sites in districts
GED Testing for Alternative Schools
School Curriculum and Principal Hiring Process
KSU IMprovement Efforts
Establish a student loan forgiveness program for teachers obtaining certification through an expedited certification process�
Require a governing board of a public postsecondary education institution to adopt a code for student conduct, establish minimum procedural requirements for a nonacademic violation�
Education Oppotunity Account/Scholarship Tax Credit
ARP Funds for Broadband Development
Kentucky Education Savings Plan Tax Credit
Make water fluoridation programs optional
Establish a school fiscal impact statement to evaluate the potential costs that would be incurred by school districts and other parts of the common school system by passing certain legislation
James Tipton and Kim King
Waive up to 15 student attendance days for days school districts were closed due to the western Kentucky tornado disaster
Allow a student who attends an out-of-state high school or Department of Defense school due to a parent's military transfer to earn a KEES award
KDE Professional Development Mandates
Define "essential employee" and set a minimum wage for essential employees
Increase time for school breakfast
Freeze college tuition per 4 year terms
CCAP Categorical Eligibility Expansion
Require school districts provide a full-day preschool program for at-risk three and four year olds
Require licensed child-care centers to be tested for radon
Create the Lottery Trust Fund Task Force to study the various uses of the task fund, evaluate the performance of the various scholarship and grant programs funded by the fund, and develop and submit recommended changes to better align the uses of the fund to future needs
Appropriate moneys to the West Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies (SAFE) fund
Provide up to 10 days of remote instruction per school for school districts to use at the school, classroom, grade, or group level for the 2021-2022 school year
Education opportunity account; remove the requirements for individuals to be residents of counties of 90,000 or more to utilize the funds for nonpublic schools
Delete the tenth-grade college admissions examination
Remove the requirement that a preschool program proposal include a certification from a Head Start director that the Head Start program is fully utilized
Delete end-of-course examination and ACT benchmark requirements from the early high school graduation program
Require rather than allow local boards of education to develop policy on dyslexia
Julie Raque Adams
Require the Board of Education or agency designated by the Board of Education to manage interscholastic athletics requiring schools that participate in interscholastic athletics to designate all athletic teams, activities, and sports based upon the biological sex
Prohibit the provision of or referral for gender transition procedures to any child under the age of 18 years
Provide that a parent member on a screening committee shall not be employed by the school district; require greater minority representation on a screening committee in a school district with a minority student population of 50 percent or greater.
Julie Raque Adams
Add eligibility for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program to students with intellectual disabilities enrolled in comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs.
Require local superintendents to report information on school-based mental health services providers in the district to the Kentucky Department of Education
Delete the requirement that an eligible high school student and eligible postsecondary student not be a convicted felon for KEES eligibility purposes
Establish the Imagination Library of Kentucky Program
Include the employment of reading interventionists as a purpose of the reading diagnostic and intervention fund
The creation of The Early Childhood Education Task Force