Advocacy & Legislation


KASA 2022 Legislative Survey 
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete KASA’s 2022 Legislative Survey! Your responses will guide us in developing the priorities and key topics to proactively seek through the legislative process. This data is being used to create KASA's 2022 Legislative agenda. Here's a sneak peak of some of the key findings from your collective responses. 

Survey Results: Top three responses in each category

Top 3 Funding Issues:

  1. Statewide full day kindergarten
  2. Base SEEK on ADM
  3. Fully fund transportation formula

Revenue Issues:

  1. 84.6% agreed that the Facilities Support Program should be increased to 10 cents and equalized by the state
  2. 76.8% agreed that expanded gambling should be placed on the ballot
  3. 70.6% agreed that school boards should be given incentives to encourage adoption of the annual 4% increase in property tax

Student Curriculum and Accountability Issues:

  1. 98.3% agreed that a broader array of alternative programs, earlier access to technical programs, early access to college, etc., should be provided to meet the needs of all students
  2. 97.7% agreed that funding should be provided to meet the SB 1 goal of more school counselors and mental health providers
  3. 96.6% agreed that KEES awards should be increased to keep pace with tuition increases

Professional and Personnel Issues

  1. 97% agreed that available options for districts to employee TRS retirees should be simplified and expanded
  2. 96% agreed that scholarships, loan forgiveness and other incentives should be used to encourage more students to enroll in teacher education programs
  3. 95.9% agreed that districts should be given more flexibility to assign certified staff to critical shortage areas

Governance and Management Issues

  1. 97.2 agreed a code of ethics for school board members, with consequences for violation, should be passed into law
  2. 86.2% agreed the qualifications to be eligible for election to a local school board should be enhanced
  3. 85% agreed there should be greater restrictions on parents withdrawing students from public schools to be home schooled
KASA 2021 Legislative Agenda
(note this will be updated with 2022 content soon)

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators remains committed to the vision of providing quality elementary and secondary education opportunities for the children of our state. Only with the ongoing leadership and resolve of the legislature can Kentucky live up to its commitment to educational excellence. 

KASA urges the General Assembly to honor our state’s constitutional mandate and restore P-12 education as its highest funding and policymaking priority. If we are to maintain our documented educational improvement, Kentucky must keep pace with the efforts of the nation and the world in assuring our students have access to the highest quality educational opportunities available. 

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 Program for the 2021 session of the Kentucky General Assembly:

KASA's Top Priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session

     1. Increase funding for elementary and secondary education to a level that
         achieves 
adequacy as required by the Kentucky Constitution

     2. Establish and fund a public preschool program that is open to all three- and
         four-year 
old's in Kentucky, regardless of income 



Other positions on Legislative Issues
Call to Action Alerts

HB258 KTRS Pension Reform 
November 13, 2020

TRS Pension Reform: Your Questions Answered
December 10, 2020

HB149 / SB 25 Education Opportunity 
Account Program
 
January 26, 2021

HB192 (FY22 Budget) - Increase SEEK Base Funding 
February 9, 2021

HB563 is a Bait and Switch Tactic  
March 10, 2021

Ask Your Senators to Vote No on HB563
March 12, 2021

Stop the Override of HB563 
March 22, 2021

KASA Testimonies

HB563 - Dr. Rhonda Caldwell

Capitol Connection emails

January 8
January 22
February 5
February 12
February 19
February 26
March 5
March 17
April 1

Resources
Education Bills in the 2021 General Assembly Contact Your Legislators

Legislative Research Commission (LRC)

Tips for Communicating with Your Legislator

Supporting Articles

U.S. Senate

U.S. House

2021 Regular Session
Contact Information

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Legislative Message Line (800) 372-7181
Calendar (Meetings) Line (800) 633-9650
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