Feb. 20, 2023

In this issue:

  • Parents' rights bill passes the Senate
  • KSBA Annual Conference kicks off this weekend
  • Superintendents hear about deeper learning, legislature
  • Superintendent search alert
  • Registration open for inaugural COSSBA annual conference
  • Upcoming dates, deadlines and events

Parents' rights bill passes the Senate

The Senate on Thursday passed Senate Bill 150, the “rights in public schools” bill just hours after the Senate Education Committee approved an amended version of the bill.

Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, the bill’s sponsor, said during the debate on Senate floor that the bill is designed to improve parental communication and increase transparency in schools.

“This bill does not target or condemn lifestyles. This bill does not abolish sex education curriculum. This bill does not usurp local school board authority,” Wise said.

Under the bill, teachers could decide whether or not to use a student’s preferred pronouns, the department of education could not issue guidance on using pronouns that do not conform to a student’s biological sex and districts could not have policies of keeping information confidential from parents.

“The terms he and she communicate fixed facts about a person and teachers should not be forced to violate their consciences regarding what they know to be true or not true,” Wise said.

The bill does not prevent school personnel from “withholding information from a parent if a reasonably prudent person would believe, based on previous conduct and history, that the disclosure would result in the child becoming a dependent child or an abused or neglected child.”

The amended bill clarifies that adults in public schools must still report suspected child abuse and neglect. The changes also include requiring parental notice two weeks before any course on human sexuality, requiring consent prior to students being given a well-being questionnaire or assessment and narrowing the list of mental health services that require special parental consent to not include academic and career counseling.

The bill passed the Senate on a party-line vote of 29-6 and will now go to the House. 

KSBA's Director of Advocacy Eric Kennedy breaks down the original SB 150 in this video.

Annual Conference kicks off this weekend

KSBA's 2023 Annual Conference is just days away! Board team members from more than 160 districts have registered to attend #KSBA23. It is not too late to join more than 1,000 education leaders across the Commonwealth for a weekend of learning and networking!

Click here to begin easy online registration or to modify an existing registration. You may also view/download a hard copy session schedule and registration form (subject to possible changes). 

Superintendents hear about deeper learning, legislature  

Education Commissioner Jason Glass updated superintendents last Tuesday about the department’s deeper learning initiatives during the Superintendents Webcast.

Glass and several others from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) visited High Tech High in San Diego in January to see deeper learning firsthand. High Tech High is a nationally renowned school system that focuses on vibrant learning experiences.

Glass said there were several things he saw that Kentucky schools are already doing in the classroom or could easily replicate.

“This is not an approach that is impossible and it’s not something that requires more money,” he said. “Any school in our state could adopt these kinds of approaches around making learning vibrant, meaningful, colorful and engaging for students.”

Superintendents also heard a legislative update from KDE Director of Government Relations Brian Perry.

The next Superintendents Webcast will be March 14.

Superintendent search alert

KSBA's Superintendent Search Service is currently facilitating a search in the following district. Click the district name to be directed to the position posting.

McCracken County Schools

Application deadline: March 16, 2023 


KSBA's experienced Superintendent Search consultants have worked with local school boards across Kentucky to facilitate more than 315 successful searches.

Registration open for inaugural COSSBA annual conference

Join KSBA and board teams from across the nation March 30 – April 2 in Tampa for a long weekend of training and networking at the Consortium of State School Boards 

Associations’ (COSSBA) inaugural Annual Conference.

Go to cossba.org for a conference schedule, keynote speaker and breakout session information, access to hotel accommodations, easy online registration and more.

Upcoming dates, deadlines and events

February: Black History Month

Feb. 21: House Education Committee meets

Feb. 23: Local School Board Members Advisory Council meeting

Feb. 24-26: KSBA Annual Conference

Feb. 24-25: CSBA Spring Meeting

Feb. 24: KOSAA Annual Winter Meeting

Feb. 27-March 3: Public Schools Week

March 2: Read Across America Day

March 14: KDE's Superintendents Webcast

March 30-April 2: COSSBA Annual Conference

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