Advocacy & Legislation

 

KASA's Top Priorities for the 2022 Legislative Session
Download KASA's 2022 Legislative Priorities document

KASA commits to a partnership with the General Assembly, and with all those who would continue to make the education of Kentucky’s citizens their highest priority, in order to assure them a place in the world economy and the marketplace of ideas. To that end, we propose the following as our Legislative Priorities for the 2022 session of the Kentucky General Assembly:

Adequate Funding
Research shows that money matters when it comes to educational outcomes. While KASA acknowledges that funding is not the only way lawmakers can support successful educational outcomes, adequate funding is a priority for the 3,200 members that KASA represents.

Growing and Sustaining the Profession
The number of postsecondary students entering the education profession has reduced dramatically, and the teacher wage gap in Kentucky is second only to Idaho and New Mexico. Further, the mobility of Kentucky’s population base impacts the ability to recruit and retain employees for public school districts.

Early Childhood Education
Only 51 percent of Kentucky’s public and private school children arrive at the schoolhouse doors prepared to learn – unless they have had access to quality early learning centers. Nearly 70 percent of students attending early learning childhood centers arrive at school ready to absorb grade-level content.

Advocacy for the Welfare of Leaders and Learners
KASA is committed to fostering civility and respect in the education community. Our 3,200+ members from border to border have said that promoting these is critical to ensuring lifelong learning communities that grow together. In addition, the following provisions are critical to ensuring the best services to students for the remainder of the school year.


KASA's Guidelines for Taking Positions on Legislation or Policy Statements

KASA will consider taking a position on legislation or making a policy statement on issues that are relevant to its vision and mission. In making that determination, the following questions will be considered:

  1. Will the legislation support KASA’s vision and mission?
  2. Will it improve the quality and success of our school systems and their students or promote the development of a skilled, educated and healthy workforce?
  3. Have the expected fiscal impact of the legislation and current economic environment been appropriately considered?
  4. Will it divert public dollars to be used for private purposes?
  5. Is it supported in research to be effective for schools and children?
  6. Will it create less paperwork and/or requirements for schools?
  7. Will the support of KASA likely make a difference to the outcome?
  8. Does the issue impact a large number of our members, their schools and Kentucky’s children?
  9. Will taking a position create a significant conflict among members or other common education organizations?
  10. Will the legislation disproportionately impact learners and leaders of color?

Download talking points/analysis for specific legislation below:


HB9 - Charter Schools

HB1 - Proposed Budget Side By Side Comparison

SB138 - Critical Race Theory

HB85 - Dual Credit Scholarships

HB126 - High School Graduation Requirements

HB194 - High School Equivalency Diploma

SB1 - School Councils




March 15
Alert - HB9 Updates

March 13
Action  Alert: Stop HB9

March 7
News Story from TN talking about the effects of Charter Schools and Education Opportunity Accounts

January 27
News Story: In Indiana School Choice Means Segregation

January 26
Petition: No to Diverting Public Funds to Private Education

January 13

US Supreme Court Blocks COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

January 12
$200 Million Disaster Relief Bill Headed to Governors Desk

January 10
Governor Unveils Record Funding Proposal for Public Health

January 7
House Releases Budget. Education details and news release by the House included

  

Episode 1: Rep. Ed Massey 

Episode 2: Rep. James Tipton

Episode 3: Rep. Tina Bojanowski

Episode 4: Derek Black (School House Burning)

Episode 5: Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman

Episode 6: Rick Lasley: Humanity in Peril, a Rallying Cry for Public Education


Capitol Connection
April 15

March 25

March 11

March 4

February 25

February 18

February 11

February 4

January 28

January 21

January 14

January 10


Resources
SB1 Retroactive COVID Relief Provision

Education Bills in the 2022 General Assembly

Contact Your Legislators

Legislative Research Commission (LRC)

Tips for Communicating with Your Legislator

Supporting Articles

U.S. Senate

U.S. House

2022 Regular Session
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