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March 31, 2017 - Volume 37 Issue 9

The Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal (3/29) reports the Kentucky state Senate has passed “a high-profile proposal for education reform.” Senate Bill 1, according to its sponsor, “…would let the commonwealth leave the controversial Common Core State Standards behind.” Another bill “would require the state to create new regulations for an elective social studies class on the Bible that public high schools in Kentucky would be allowed to offer their students.”  The Ashland (KY) Daily Independent (3/29) reports the package is “aimed at changing how schools are held accountable for student achievement and how teachers are evaluated.” The first bill “will eventually replace Common Core academic standards with standards developed by Kentucky educators and approved by the state board of education.” The legislation also “gives more control to local school boards in devising plans to turn around poor performing schools and training teachers.”  The AP (3/29, Schreiner, Beam) notes that Kentucky was the first state to adopt Common Core benchmarks, which were “started by the National Governors Association” but “became a Republican punching bag after its embrace by the Obama administration.”

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” -  “Hal” (1900 –1978), American author, journalist and naturalist. In addition to writing many non-fiction and fiction books about the outdoors, he was a staff writer and editorialist for The New York Times. 

“Under the governor’s proposed bill, RESAs would have been eliminated as of July 1 of 2017. We built in that transition year in order to allow the RESAs and other community groups to kind of work through some of the detail regarding how those services will be cared for.” – Senate Education Chairman Paul Espinosa on House 2711, which would get rid of Regional Education Service Agencies

“The general purpose of this bill is to create additional county flexibility in using School Aid Formula funds and to shift the determination of current expense funding levels to a more rational basis.” – Espinosa on House Bill 2561

“That is a carrot dangled in front of county superintendents.  That $200,000 they can use for whatever they want….. There’s a big windfall for the possibility for counties to divert this $200,000 and keep older buses on the road.” – Delegate Ricky Moye, speaking against letting districts divert up to $200,000 each year from school bus purchases

“We’re basically taking $79 million out of public education. We are now putting it on the backs of the counties to have to raise their local taxes.” – Sen. Ron Stollings on Senate Bill 609

“I look at it as an investment in our children and an option to help maintain our educational funding at a time of a budget crisis.” – Senate Education Chairman Kenny Mann on Senate Bill 609

“It is clearly within the legislature’s authority to mandate at any level of specificity appropriate academic standards to be adopted by the state board.” – Sen. Robert Karnes on a provision of Senate Bill 18

 

“In the very end, when I look at this bill, I see it as a total assault on public education, a slap in the face to our professional educators. This is, I think, being brought to us by a group of individuals that seem to want to destroy education in the state of West Virginia.” – Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso on Senate Bill 18