Kentucky Department of EducationSuperintendents WebcastBack-to-School IssuesJuly 24, 2012*
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2012 Regular Session - Enacted LegislationSB 24 Preschool Entrance Age (J. Higdon)
SB 24 changes the eligibility cut-off date from October 1 to August 1 as it relates to the requirement that a child must enter school at age six or may enter school at age five (the ages remain the same, only the cut-off date changes). This provision begins with the 2017-2018 school year.
The bill also requires each local board of education to adopt an appeal process for a parent or guardian who wants a student to enter school and doesnt meet the entrance age requirement. The board appeal process policy requirement begins for the 2012-2013 school year. KSBA is providing a model policy for local districts. KDEs Office of Next Generation Learners is preparing information to distribute to districts regarding the evaluation process.
2012 Regular Session - Enacted LegislationSB 38 Career and Technical Education (J. Westwood)
SB 38 requires the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to issue core content standards for career and technical education, assess student progress, and develop new courses relevant to college and career readiness. By January 2013, KDE must distribute the minimum core content standards for postsecondary introductory courses and career-readiness standards.By the 2013-2014 school year, KDE must provide assistance to districts in the analysis of assessment data to identify students academically behind. KDE must develop enhanced courses for students academically behind.If funds are appropriated (no funds were appropriated) to fund evidence based instructional models, KDE is to work with the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, KCTCS and EPSB to recommend evidence-based models for addressing the needs of at-risk students. KDE must work with the SFCC to include a career and tech capital needs assessment. Local school districts must update facility plans with this assessment included.
2012 Regular Session - Enacted LegislationSB 43 Certificate of Attainment (D. Parrett)
SB 43 requires the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) to promulgate administrative regulations for an alternative high school diploma for students with disabilities completing a modified curriculum and an individualized course of study.
KDE has updated the regulation to change the name of the certificate to Alternative High School Diploma.The regulation will also provide local school districts the ability to award a diploma to previous certificate recipients, if the local district chooses to do so.The updated regulation will have its second reading before the Kentucky Board of Education at its August meeting.
2012 Regular Session - Enacted LegislationSB 95 Summer Learning Camps (M. Wilson)
SB 95 encourages the establishment of summer learning camps (SLCs) for students who are identified for Title I services that meet certain minimum requirements and that include innovative instruction in the core academic areas and enrichment activities. The bill requires that if there are no summer learning camps in the district, funds must be used for closing the achievement gap. No funds were appropriated for SLCs.In early May, KDEs Office of Next Generation School Districts (ONGSD) notified superintendents through the Commissioner's Fast Five on Friday of their opportunity to offer SLCs and asked them to send KDE a notice of intent to operate a program, the schools involved, the number of students participating and the number of students transported. A fact sheet listing program requirements and a Summary Annual Report form to be filed within one month of the conclusion of the program were included with the message. KDEs ONGSD must submit an annual report highlighting best practices and disaggregated academic assessment data for participating students. No responses were received to the message notifying superintendents of the opportunity for SLCs; therefore, there was no annual summary data to populate a statewide report.
The bill also directs the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) to establish a legislative task force to develop a strategy to provide computing devices for fifth and sixth grade students. The task force must report findings to the Interim Joint Committee (IJC) on Education no later than December 1, 2012.The Task Force on Student Access to Technology is holding its first meeting today and David Couch, KDE Associate Commissioner with KIDS, is providing testimony.
2012 Regular Session - Enacted LegislationSB 110 Civil Immunity and Use of School Properties (K. Stine)
SB 110 provides limited civil immunity to school districts and personnel who make school property available for recreational or non-school use by members of the community during non-school hours.
The bill permits a local board to authorize the public use of school property pursuant to board policies.
2012 Regular Session - Enacted LegislationHB 37 Districts of Innovation (C. Rollins II) HB 37 defines "district of innovation" and authorizes the KBE to approve districts of innovation, with no limit on the number of districts eligible to participate; however, it does limit the initial approval and subsequent renewals to five-year periods.
KBE must promulgate administrative regulations to prescribe the conditions and procedures to be used by a local board of education to be approved as a district of innovation. The proposed regulation will come before the KBE at its August meeting for the first reading.KDE is developing application materials based on the approved regulations. These will include an application and guidelines.
2012 Regular Session - Enacted LegislationHB 69 Response to Intervention (RTI) (L. Belcher)
HB 69 defines "aphasia," "dyscalculia," dyslexia," "phonemic awareness," and "scientifically-based research".
The bill requires KBE to promulgate administrative regulations for district-wide reporting on the use of K-3 response-to-intervention implementation in reading by August 1, 2013, in mathematics by August 1, 2014, and behavior by August 1, 2015. KDE must provide technical assistance, training, and a Web-based resources to assist all local school districts in the implementation of the system and instructional tools based on scientifically-based research. KDE must report to the IJC on Education on implementation by November 30, 2013, and annually thereafter. *
2012 Regular Session - Enacted LegislationHB 168 Teacher Assignment to Alternative Schools (J. Jenkins)
HB 168 prohibits a superintendent from assigning a teacher or classified person to an alternative program as part of any disciplinary action or as part of a corrective action plan.
No action is required by KDE or KBE.
2012 Regular Session - Enacted LegislationHB 255 Disaster Recovery Tax Credit and Disaster Days (R. Adkins)
HB 255 (provides a sales tax refund for the purchase of building materials to repair or replace a building damaged or destroyed during a disaster.) Of importance for local school districts is that the bill also requires the commissioner of education to waive up to 10 instructional days for a school district located in a county in which a disaster has been declared. The law will allow a school district located in a county in which a disaster has been declared to substitute attendance data for school year 2010-2011 for the attendance data for school year 2011-2012 to calculate (SEEK) funds. The bill requires that certified and classified personnel of a school district located in a county in which a disaster has been declared make up any student instructional days waived by participating in instructional activities or professional development or by being assigned additional work responsibilities. The bill applies retroactively to the disaster occurring on February 29, 2012 to March 3, 2012. The bill is effective immediately.This legislation is to assist those districts impacted by tornadoes this past school year. KDE must waive up to 10 instructional days for disaster districts. KDEs Office of Administration and Support must make adjustments for districts submitting substituted attendance data.
2012 Regular Session - Enacted LegislationHB 281 Interscholastic Athletics Training (J. Jenkins)
HB 281 requires coaches to complete training on recognizing and treating concussions and head injuries.
The bill identifies actions required before an athlete with a suspected concussion or head injury may return to play and who can conduct the evaluation to determine if a concussion has occurred. The Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA) is working on updating materials for the 2012-2013 school year.The bill removed high school and replaced it with interscholastic. By doing so, the bills requirements apply to all schools (elementary, middle and high school) where interscholastic activities take place.
2012 Regular Session - Enacted LegislationHB 366 School Employees and Nepotism (W. Stone)
HB 366 allows a superintendent's spouse who has at least 8 years of service in school systems to be an employee in the district in which the superintendent is employed. The applicant is allowed to be employed only upon the recommendation of the principal and approval by majority vote of the school council.
No action is required by KDE or KBE. Principals will need to consult with th