2019 Legislative Session Education Bills

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SENATE BILLS

Bill

Link to Bill

Summary

Status

Vote History

News

SB 1: An Act Relating to School Safety

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/sb1.html 

*Creates a position of School Security Marshall (reports to Department of Criminal Justice and Training)

*Adopt goals of more school resource officers and mental health professionals in schools

*Require districts to provide a school safety director

*Suicide prevention and active shooter training for staff and students

 1/9/19 Introduced

2/5/19 1st Read

2/6/19 2nd Read

2/8/19 3rd Read

*2/8/19 PASSED SENATE

2/11/19 Received in House

2/21/19 House 1st Read

Senate: 2/8/19: PASS 35-0

https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article224098360.html

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-legislature/2019/01/09/school-safety-bill-top-priority-kentucky-legislature/2529594002/ 

SB 3: An Act Relating to School Councils

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/sb3.html 

*Reduces the number of teachers to 2

*Local Board can receive appeals of council decisions

*Alter principal hiring process to transfer decision-making to Superintendent

1/8/19 Introduced

1/8/19 1st Read

1/9/19 2nd Read

1/9/19 PASSED Senate Education Committee

*1/11/19 PASSED SENATE

Education Committee 1/10/19: PASS 8-4

Senate: 1/11/19: PASS 23-13

 Kentucky school superintendents would be given more power under bills approved by Senate https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article224224965.html

SB 8: An Act Relating to Educators

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/sb8.html 

*Changes policies for teacher tribunal system: removes layperson

*Establish selection and training requirements for hearing officers

*Clarifies reasons a teacher may be terminated

1/8/19 Introduced

1/8/19 1st Read

1/9/19 2nd Read

1/10/19 PASSED Senate Education Committee

*1/11/19 PASSED SENATE

Education Committee 1/10/19: PASS 8-2

Senate: 1/11/19: PASS 23-13

https://www.kentucky.com/latest-news/article224291430.html

 Kentucky school superintendents would be given more power under bills approved by Senate https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article224224965.html 

SB 15: An Act Relating to School Policies

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb15.html 

*Amend KRS 160.380 to define "clear CA/N check"

*Amend the definition of "contractor"

*Remove exceptions that permitted superintendents and principals to hire relatives

*Amend the requirement for background checks and clear CA/N checks from contractors to narrow applicability to individuals with a written contract to provide services directly to a student or students as part of a school-sponsored program or activity on a regularly scheduled and continuing basis

*Permit probationary employment of an individual prior to receipt of a criminal history background check and clear CA/N check for positions vacant after July 31st

*Consolidate language, amend KRS 160.151, 160.345, 160.990, and 161.044 to conform.

1/8/19 Introduced

2/7/19 1st Reading

2/8/19 2nd Reading

2/12/19 3rd Reading

*2/12/19 PASSED SENATE

Senate: 2/12/19: PASS 35-0

SB 20: An Act Relating to Juvenile Justice

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/sb20.html 

*Require reporting of statistics about minority contact with juvenile justice, social welfare, and educational discipline systems; create training requirements

* Require professional development for education professionals on juvenile justice topics

 1/9/19 Introduced

2/21/19 1st Read

SB 27: An Act Relating to Student Health

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/sb27.html 

*Revise pre-existing legislation

*prohibit use of tobacco products by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities

1/8/19 Introduced

SB 36: An Act Relating to performance Funding for Postsecondary Institutions

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb36.html 

Amend KRS 164.092, relating to performance funding for postsecondary educational institutions, to require a stop-loss provision of 1% in the performance funding models for fiscal years 2020-2021 through 2022-2023.

1/8/19 Introduced

SB 59: An Act Relating to a Sales Tax Exemption for Certain Nonprofit Entities and Declaring an Emergency

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/sb59.html 

Exempts charitable and non-profit fundraisers (including schools) from the sales tax changes recently implemented

 1/8/19 Introduced

SB 64: An Act Relating to Local Boards of Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb64.html 

*Amend KRS 160.190 to require vacancies on any local board of education be filled by appointment by majority vote of those remaining members of the local board, and provide for filling vacancies when the remaining members cannot agree

*Designate when a vacancy is to be filled at a regular election

*Move provisions of KRS 160.210(1)(b) and (c) into KRS 160.190 and amend to provide for filling openings on any local board of education arising from no candidate filings

*Provide for application of law to apply to vacancies occurring after the date of the Act.

1/8/19 Introduced

SB 68: An Act Relating to Child Abuse Education

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/sb68.html 

*requiring each public school to provide developmentally appropriate instruction on child abuse and child sexual abuse to students in all grades

*require the Department of Education to develop child abuse and child sexual abuse instructional resources for use by schools

 1/9/19 Introduced

SB 72: An Act Relating to High School Programs

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/sb72.html 

* Amend KRS 158.100 to include virtual high school completion programs, identify the purpose of such programs, outline enrollment eligibility requirements, identify graduation requirements for enrollees of the program, and authorize schools to charge students tuition and fees for the program

 1/9/19 Introduced

SB 73: An Act Relating to Traffic Fines

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/SB73.html 

*Amend KRS 189.990 to increase the fine for a violation of passing a stopped school or church bus to $500 for the first violation and $1,000 for each subsequent offense occurring within three years; make technical correction.

1/9/19 Introduced

SB 81: An act Relating to Equine within Kentucky and making an appropriation therefor

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/sb81.html 

* Create new section of KRS 230 establishing account (and funding) to support equine programs at UofL, UK, and BCTC.

1/11/19 Introduced

SB 98: An Act Relating to the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship and Making an Appropriation Therefor

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/SB98.html 

*Create a new section of KRS 164.740 to 164.7891 to establish the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship

*Require the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to administer the scholarship

*Define eligibility requirements for the scholarship

*Define the scholarship award amount

*Require the authority to prepare an annual report on the scholarship in collaboration with the Office for Education and Workforce Statistics

*Create the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship fund; confirm Executive Order 2018-571; APPROPRIATION.

2/5/19 Introduced

2/13/19 1st Read

2/14/19 2nd Read

2/19/19 3rd Read

PASSED SENATE 2/19/19

SENATE: 2/19/19 PASS 36-0

SB 116: An Act Relating to Reorganization (Reading Diagnostic and Intervention Grant Steering Committee, renaming and revision of)

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/SB116.html 

*Create a new section of KRS 157.195 to 157.290 to establish the State Advisory Council for Exceptional Children

*Amend KRS 156.029 to revise the Kentucky Board of Education

*Amend KRS 158.6453 to revise the standards and assessments process review committe

*Repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 158.6452 to revise the School Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability Council

*Repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 158.648 to rename the State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education the Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Council and revise the council

*Repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 158.794 to rename the Reading Diagnostic and Intervention Grant Steering Committee the Read to Achieve Council and revise the council

*Repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 161.017 to revise the authority of the Education Professional Standards Board and replace the executive director with the Commissioner of Education

*Repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 161.028 to revise the Education Professional Standards Board

*Amend KRS 161.220 to clarify retirement system participation for employees of the Education Professional Standards Board

*Amend KRS 164.011 to revise the Council on Postsecondary Education; repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 200.700 to revise the Early Childhood Advisory Council

*Amend KRS 12.020, 18A.115, 151B.134, 156.553, 158.792, 158.842, 161.100, and 161.126 to conform; repeal KRS 160.158 relating to the Council for Community Education

*Confirm, in part, Executive Orders 2018-581, 2018-597, and 2018-653.

2/5/19 Introduced

http://prichardcommittee.org/the-need-to-achieve-by-grade-three/

SB 118: An Act Relating to Opportunities in Education (Scholarship Tax Credit, creation)

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/SB118.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a separate income tax credit for tuition assistance based on contributions made to a qualified scholarship-granting organization

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to provide goals and reporting of metrics related to those goals; amend KRS 141.0205 to establish the order in which the credits may be taken

*Create a new section of KRS 136.500 to 136.575 to allow financial institutions to take the tax credit against the tax imposed by KRS 136.505

*Create a new section of KRS 136.500 to 136.575 to order all tax credits; create a new section of KRS Chapter 136 to require the Kentucky Department of Education to publish a list of certified nonpublic schools and nonpublic schools seeking certification; require the Department of Revenue to report information to the Legislative Research Commission

*Amend KRS 131.190 to conform.

2/5/19 Introduced

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/education/2019/02/05/kentucky-general-assembly-private-school-tax-break-bill-under-consideration/2775757002/

https://kypolicy.org/school-voucher-tax-break-proposals-threaten-funding-public-education/

SB 135: An Act Relating to Reorganization (Reorganization, Department of Education, Executive Orders 2018-598 and 2018-883)

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/SB135.html 

*Confirm Executive Order 2018-598 and Executive Order 2018-883, which reorganize various offices in the Department of Education; amend various KRS sections to conform; repeal KRS 156.017 to conform.

2/5/19 Introduced

2/14/19 1st Read

2/15/19 2nd Read

2/21/19 3rd Read

2/21/19 PASSED SENATE

SENATE: 2/21/19 36-0 PASS

SB 147: An Act Relating to Sales and Use Tax Exemptions

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb147.html 

*Amend KRS 139.480 to exempt from sales and use tax tangible personal property purchased by a person for incorporation into a structure or improvement to real property under a contract with the federal, state, or local government, or a resident, nonprofit educational, charitable, or religious institution

*Apply to sales made after July 1, 2019, but before July 1, 2023

*Require the Department of Revenue to report the claimed exemptions to the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue

*Amend KRS 131.190 to give the Department authority to provide the report to LRC.

2/8/19 Introduced

2/20/19 1st Read

2/21/19 2nd Read

SB 154: An Act Relating to Driver Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb154.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require that a driver's education program administered by a school district or licensed under KRS Chapter 332, include instruction on driver and peace officer interaction

*Amend KRS 186.480 to require the Kentucky State Police to produce a Driver Manual available in printed or electronic format that contains the new course of instruction developed

*Require that the Transportation Cabinet, include the new course of instruction developed, in the course for new drivers

*Require that an applicant be tested on the recommended practices during interactions with peace offers

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 332 to require that licensed driver training schools include in the new course of instruction developed; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2020.

2/8/19 Introduced

SB 164: An Act Relating to the Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb164.html 

*Repeal KRS 160.325, which requires every board of education to enroll in the Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program.

2/11/19 Introduced

SB 175: An Act Relating to Public School Assessments and Accountability

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb175.html 

*Amend KRS 158.6453 to revise the standards and assessments process review committee

*Amend KRS 158.6455 to revise the requirements for the state accountability system

*Amend KRS 160.346 to revise the requirements for the targeted support and improvement designation

*Require the Department of Education to report to the Interim Joint Committee on Education on assessment results as they relate to the new graduation requirement.

2/12/19 Introduced

2/20/19 1st Read

2/21/19 2nd Read

SB 203: An Act Relating to the Education of Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb203.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to declare findings of the General Assembly concerning the education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing

*Define "communication mode or language"

*Establish requirements and conditions for developing an individual education plan for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.

2/14/19 Introduced

SB 216: An Act Relating to Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb216.html 

*Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

2/15/19 Introduced

SB 218: An Act Relating to the Prevention of Smoking and Vaping by Students

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb218.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to require the Department of Education to establish an anonymous reporting mechanism for students to report concerns about vaping and other substances in schools

*Establish policies for the prompt investigation of reports to the anonymous reporting mechanism

*Encourage local school boards to provide awarness programs to teachers, students, and staff about vaping

2/15/19 Introduced

SB 228: An Act Relating to the Teachers’ Retirement System

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb228.html 

Create a new section of KRS 161.220 to 161.716 to permit the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) to use and accept electronic signatures as deemed appropriate; amend KRS 161.220 to emphasize that annual compensation does not include benefit or salary adjustments that are not available to all members of an agency; amend KRS 161.290 to require all public employers to grant paid leave to teacher trustees serving on the TRS board; amend KRS 161.310 to specify the types of remuneration included in retirement incentives; amend KRS 161.340 to add insurance to the items for which TRS may contract and delete requirement for the procurement of fiduciary bonds for board trustees and executive secretary and add that the board may expend funds as necessary for indemnification and self-insurance; amend KRS 161.430 to update contract language regarding money managers and consultants; remove references to the book value of assets in regard to limitations on funds managed internally by the system's investment staff; remove the requirement that the board investment committee may consist of the executive secretary of the system and two trustees,; require the system's staff to be subject to fiduciary requirements applicable to board members, employees, and investment consultants; change standards from CFA Institute’s code of ethics to compliance with federal securities law; and make technical amendments; amend KRS 161.470 to make technical corrections; amend KRS 161.480 to automatically designate a TRS member's spouse as beneficiary for an active member's account balance upon employment until changed by the member; declare the member's spouse as beneficiary of the active member's account balance in the event all named beneficiaries predecease the active member or the member fails to designate a beneficiary; amend KRS 161.500 to specifically address service credit for contracts exceeding 185 days; amend KRS 161.515 to reference new retirement factors for out-of-state service purchases; amend KRS 161.520 to delete the requirement of physicians' statements corroborating the mental competency of an adult child waiving survivorship benefits; amend KRS 161.540 to specify eligibility requirements for including annual leave credit in the retirement calculation for calendar-year contracts; amend KRS 161.545 to provide that full-time sabbatical leave by university staff participating in the TRS shall be deemed full-time employment for retirement purposes; require employee and employer contributions to be paid during the period of sabbatical leave; amend KRS 161.553 to adjust the cost schedules of providing statutory benefit improvements for annuitants; amend KRS 161.560 to adjust the methods by which participating employers shall file contribution data and set penalties for noncompliance that TRS may impose; amend KRS 161.597 to require a refund of prior installment payments and a reduction in service credit for a member in default on installment payments; amend KRS 161.605 to make technical changes; specify that medical insurance is not compensation; require a refund of retirement contributions made on compensation that exceeds salary limitations; provide that breaks in service are required before returning to work for the employer even if in a position not covered by TRS if the member is under age 60; begin running of breaks in service from date of retirement; prohibit prearranged agreements between a retiring member and employer for member to return to work after retirement and require certification thereof; allow TRS to provide medical insurance to retired members who return to work when medical insurance is not available from the employer; allow the commissioner of education to pay reemployed retirees in excess of statutory maximums if the commissioner deems that the employees have the necessary experience to provide services and support to persistently low-achieving schools as provided by KRS 160.346; require retired members under age 60 returning to work for certain state universities and state community colleges to comply with the separation-from-service requirements, effective July 1, 2019; amend KRS 161.612 to reduce the $500 minimum monthly disability benefit by benefit payments from all state-administered retirement systems for part-time employees and substitute teachers participating in the TRS who apply for disability benefits on or after July 1, 2019; provide that part-time employees and substitute teachers are not eligible to apply for a disability retirement allowance if they are eligible for a nondiscounted service retirement allowance; amend KRS 161.614 to include mediation awards to a method that may be binding for the adjustment of a member’s account; amend KRS 161.620 to specify the option for seeking inflation adjustments; amend KRS 161.630 to make technical changes; amend KRS 161.643 to authorize TRS to require more frequent submission of annual reports on reemployed employees by participating employers; amend KRS 161.650 to automatically designate a TRS member's spouse as beneficiary for a retired member's remaining account balance at the time of death unless changed by the member; declare the member's spouse as beneficiary of the retired member's remaining account balance in the event all named beneficiaries predecease the retired member or the member fails to name a beneficiary for the account balance; amend KRS 161.655 to automatically designate a TRS member's spouse as beneficiary for the life insurance benefit available to active and retired members unless changed by the member; declare the member's spouse as beneficiary of the life insurance benefit available to active and retired members if, upon the death of the member, all named beneficiaries predecease the member or the member fails to name a beneficiary; amend KRS 161.661 to provide that members who begin participating on or after July 1, 2019, shall not be eligible for a disability benefit if they are eligible for any unreduced benefit and that they shall have their $500 minimum monthly disability benefit reduced by benefit payments from all state-administered retirement systems; amend KRS 161.680 to provide detail describing the system's authority to collect overpayments; EMERGENCY.

2/15/19 Introduced

SB 242: An Act Relating to Physical Education Curriculum

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb242.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to permit a school-based decision making council or principal of a public middle or high school to adopt a physical education curriculum that includes a program of hunting, fishing, trapping, and firearm safety instruction

*Require the Board of Education to consult with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to promulgate standards for such a program

*Require the Department of Education to develop guidelines for such a program

*Require parents to be given notice and opportunity to opt a student out of such a program.

2/15/19 Introduced

SB 250: An Act Relating to Public Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb250.html 

*Amend KRS 45A.385 to increase the small purchase procedure maximum to $50,000 for a county school district in a county with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C

*Amend KRS 160.375 to give a superintendent in a county school district in a county with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C sole authority for approving small purchases

*Amend KRS 160.345 to allow the superintendent of a county school district in a county with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C to appoint a principal without the participation of the school council

*Amend KRS 161.720 and 161.740 to prohibit a teacher who enters an administrative position that reports directly to the superintendent in a county school district in a county with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C from being issued a continuing service contract

*Amend KRS 161.765 to conform.

2/15/19 Introduced

2/20/19 1st Read

2/21/19 2nd Read

SB 254: An Act Relating to the Gatton and Craft Academies

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/sb254.html 

*Amend KRS 157.196 to clarify an exceptional student attending the Gatton or Craft Academy shall have an individual education plan

*Require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations for individual education plans for students enrolled in the Gatton or Craft Academy.

2/15/19 Introduced

HOUSE BILLS

Bill

Link to Bill

Summary

Status

Vote History

News

HB 1: An Act Relating to School Safety

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb1.html 

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb1.html 

*Creates a position of School Security Marshall (reports to Department of Criminal Justice and Training)

*Adopt goals of more school resource officers and mental health professionals in schools

*Require districts to provide a school safety director

*Suicide prevention and active shooter training for staff and students

1/10/19 Introduced

HB 6: An Act Relating to Elections

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/HB7.html 

*Direct school districts to submit an annual report to the Legislative Research Commission regarding student voter preregistration and registration

*Direct the State Board of Education to implement programs of public education, not less than once during each school year, regarding elections, voting procedures, and election fraud, which shall include sophomores

1/8/19 Introduced

HB 8: An Act Relating to Dyslexia

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb8.html 

*Require local boards of education to develop policy on identification of kindergarten through third grade students with dyslexia

*Require that the policy includes those attributes that may have been included previously

*Require postsecondary institutions with teacher preparation programs to include instruction on dyslexia by the 2020-2021 school year

1/8/19 Introduced

HB 11: An Act Relating to Student Health

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/HB11.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 438 to define terms

*Prohibit use of tobacco products by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities

*Require policies to be in place by the 2020-2021 school year

*Require that smoke-free policies and signage be adopted

*Provide that existing bans are not impacted

*Repeal KRS 438.050.

1/8/19 Introduced

2/7/19 1st Reading

2/8/19 2nd Reading

HB 14: An Act Relating to Public Charter Schools

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb14.html 

*Repeals Charter Legislation

1/8/19 Introduced

HB 17: An Act Relating to Public Charter Schools

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb17.html 

*Repeals Charter Legislation

1/8/19 Introduced

HB 21: An Act Relating to Family Resource and Youth Service Centers

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb21.html 

*Allow school districts to accept monetary donations for the operation and maintenance of family resource and youth services centers

*Require that donations be used exclusively for those purposes

1/8/19 Introduced

HB 22: An Act Relating to Local Boards of Education

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb22.html 

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb22.html 

*Changes procedure for appointing local board vacancy

1/8/19 Introduced

2/12/19 1st Read

2/13/19 2nd Read

2/14/19 3rd Read

*PASSED HOUSE 2/14/19

House 2/14/19 PASS 96-0

HB 45: An Act Relating to the Display of the National Motto in Public Schools

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb45.html 

*Require each public elementary and secondary school to display the national motto in a prominent location in the school

1/8/19 Introduced

HB 46: An Act Relating to the Display of the National Motto in Public Schools

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb46.html 

*Require each public elementary and secondary school to display the national motto in a prominent location in the schoo

1/8/19 Introduced

2/21/19 1st Read

HB 61: An Act Relating to Kentucky Excellence Scholarships and Declaring an Emergency

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb61.html 

*Allow KEES funds to be used for qualified workforce training programs

1/8/19 Introduced

HB 72: An Act Relating to Tuition Benefits and Making an Appropriation Therefor

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb72.html 

*Relating to college tuition benefits for spouses and children of specified emergency response personnel and public employees who have died in the course of their duties

1/8/19 Introduced

HB 82: An Act Relating to Corporal Physical Discipline

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb82.html 

*Prohibits school district personnel from using corporal physical discipline

1/8/19 Introduced

WITHDRAWN

HB 85: An Act Relating to Providing Free Feminine Hygiene Products for Women Public Postsecondary Students

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb85.html 

*Requires public postsecondary institutions to provide free feminine products to women students

1/8/19 Introduced

HB 88: An Act Relating to Healthy Goals for the School Children of the Commonwealth

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb88.html 

*Establishes goals for increasing physical activity time

 1/8/19 Introduced

HB 95: An Act Relating to Members of Boards of Education

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/HB95.html 

*Increase the allowed per diem for members of local boards of education from $75 to $150

*Increase the total annual maximum of per diem and reimbursed expenses from $3,000 to $6,000

1/8/19 Introduced

HB 96: An Act Relating to the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb96.html 

*Clarifies definitions for KEES Scholarship program regulations

 1/8/19 Introduced

HB 112: An Act Relating to Early Childhood Education

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb112.html 

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb112.html 

*Removes limit to only fund half-day K

 1/8/19 Introduced

HB 113:An Act Relating to Early Childhood Education

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb113.html 

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb112.html

*Requires full-day pre-school and all 4-year-olds are eligible

 1/8/19 Introduced

HB 118: An Act Relating to Occupational Licensure

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb118.html 

*Create new sections of KRS Chapter 335B to prohibit an occupational licensing authority from suspending or revoking a license it issued because the licensee is in default or delinquent on a student loan or work-conditional scholarship; define terms

*Encourage a person who is in default or delinquent in the payment of a student loan to contact the appropriate student loan servicer to establish a voluntary pay agreement for the student loan

*State the goal of ensuring that individuals keep their occupational licenses while struggling to pay off student loan debt

*Designate a short title of "Keep Americans Working Act of 2019".

1/8/19 Introduced

2/12/19 1st Read

2/13/19 2nd Read

2/15/19 3rd Read

PASSED HOUSE 2/15/19

HOUSE: 2/15/19 PASS 96-0

HB 126: An Act Relating to the Fiduciary Duties of the Trustees and Investment Managers for the State-Administered Retirement Systems

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb126.html 

*Change bidding methods to require competitive bidding methods

*AG has jurisdiction to investigate system

 1/8/19 Introduced

HB 137: An Act Relating to Political Activities

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/HB137.html 

*Amend KRS 18A.140 to allow employees in the classified service and other persons to become candidates for nomination or election to a paid partisan public office

*Amend KRS 156.838 to allow certified or equivalent employees to become candidates for nomination or election to a paid public office; EFFECTIVE November 6, 2019.

1/9/19 Introduced

HB 140: An Act Relating to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/hb140.html

* Change the name from KCEWS to Kentucky Center for Statistics

* Remove exec. director of Educational Professional Standards Board from KCEWS board and replace with secretary of Cabinet for Health and Family services

1/09/19 Introduced

2/14/19 1st Read

2/15/19 2nd Read

HB 142: An Act Relating to Vision Examinations

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/HB142.html 

*Amend KRS 156.160 to require a conclusive vision examination upon a child's initial enrollment in kindergarten and a vision examination upon a child's initial enrollment in grade six.

1/10/19 Introduced

HB 166: An Act Relating to a Day of Prayer for Students

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb166.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 2 designating the last Wednesday in September of each year as A Day of Prayer for Kentucky's Students.

1/11/19 Introduced

2/12/19 1st Read

2/13/19 2nd Read

2/20/19 3rd Read

PASSED HOUSE 2/20/19

House: 2/20/19 PASS 79-18

HB 168: An Act Relating to Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb168.html 

*Amend KRS 157.397 to require local boards of education to provide an annual salary supplement to qualified speech-language pathologists or audiologists.

1/11/19 Introduced

HB 172: An Act Relating to Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/HB172.html 

*Amend KRS 158.785, relating to the management of local school districts, to include criteria to review when completing a management audit

*Require the chief state school officer to provide a local district with written deficiencies found through the management audit and corrective actions and a time frame for completion in order to exit assistance

*Specify that a district can only be a "state managed district" after at least two years of unsuccessful assistance, criminal malfeasance, or insolvency

*Restrict the chief state school officer's authority during state management to only those specific items found through the management audit

*Amend KRS 156.029 to require the Kentucky Board of Education to include two at-large members who are current or retired elementary or secondary teachers

*Amend KRS 156.040 to clarify that a state board member cannot hold any elective federal, state, county, or city office

2/5/19 Introduced

HB 185: An Act Relating to the Instruction in the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Related Matters

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/HB185.html 

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb185.html 

*Amend KRS 158.1415 to require the State Board of Education promulgate administrative regulations regarding human sexuality education

*Require implementation of a Department of Education-approved plan during the 2020-2021 school year; set the minimum instructional requirements for grades four through twelve

*Require instruction by a certified teacher

2/5/19 Introduced

HB 202: An Act Relating to Corporal Punishment in Schools

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/HB202.html 

*Create a new section of KRS 158.440 to 158.449 to define "corporal punishment"

*Prohibit a person employed by a school district from using corporal physical discipline

*Amend KRS 158.444 to remove corporal punishment as a form of discipline in a school

*Amend KRS 503.110 to remove the exception that permitted the use of physical force by a teacher against a minor.

2/5/19 Introduced

HB 205: An Act Relating to Opportunities in Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb205.html 

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb205.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a separate income tax credit for tuition assistance based on contributions made to a qualified scholarship-granting organization

*Create a new section of KRS 136.500 to 136.575 to allow financial institutions to take the tax credit against the tax imposed by KRS 136.505;

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 136 to require the Kentucky Department of Education to publish a list of certified nonpublic schools and nonpublic schools seeking certification

2/5/19 Introduced

https://www.wdrb.com/in-depth/sponsor-very-confident-in-tax-credit-scholarship-bill-s-chances/article_6834cfa4-298a-11e9-99d3-836a912d9cbd.html?mode=nowapp

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/education/2019/02/05/kentucky-general-assembly-private-school-tax-break-bill-under-consideration/2775757002/ 

HB 209: An Act Relating to the Provision of Water in Public School Buildings

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/HB209.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 162 to prohibit the chief state school officer from approving building plans and specifications that do not provide for at least two water bottle filing stations in each school, at least one drinking fountain or water bottle filing station on each floor and wing of each school building, and at least one drinking fountain or water bottle filing station for every 75 students

*Establish minimum requirements for drinking fountains and water bottle filling stations.

2/5/19 Introduced

2/21/19 1st Read

HB 272: An Act Relating to Early Literacy and Numeracy Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb272.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require the Kentucky Department of Education to develop and maintain lists of approved universal screeners and diagnostic assessments for reading and mathematics

*Require each local school board or public charter school board to adopt at least one approved universal screener and one approved diagnostic assessment

*Require teachers to be trained on any universal screener or diagnostic assessment adopted by a board

*Provide that beginning with the 2020-2021 school year an approved diagnostic assessment shall be administered to all students in kindergarten through grade three at designated times during the school year

*Require that an academic improvement plan be developed and implemented for any student with a deficiency in reading or mathematics

*Establish the definition, minimum requirements, and procedure for developing an academic improvement plan

*Require that the academic improvement plan be maintained until the deficiency is deemed remedied as defined by this Act

*Require a school to provide written notice to the parent or guardian of a student identified with a deficiency in reading or mathematics and establish the minimum requirements for such written notice

*Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, require a local school district to provide a summer enrichment program and intensive instructional services for students identified with a deficiency in reading or mathematics

*Provide that beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, a student with a deficiency in reading or mathematics shall not be promoted to grade four without remedying the deficiency or completing intensive remediation in accordance with this Act; provide that beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, each school district shall collect and report specified reading and mathematics student performance data

*Require that the Department of Education establish reading and mathematics teacher academies or coaching models by September 1, 2020

*Require that the department collaborate with designated agencies to develop high quality, evidence-based reading and mathematics programming, materials, and activities

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require that beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, teacher preparation programs for elementary regular education shall include specified reading and mathematics content

*Require that the Education Professional Standards Board to develop and maintain a list of approved reading and mathematics teacher preparation tests by January 1, 2020

Require that beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, all new teachers seeking certification in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education or Elementary School Education pass approved reading and mathematics teacher preparation tests

*Amend KRS Chapter 158.792 to end the existing reading diagnostic and intervention grant program after the 2019-2020 school year

*Provide that beginning with the 2020-2021 school year the reading diagnostic and intervention fund shall fund a literacy coaching program developed by the Department of Education

*Amend KRS Chapter 158.794 to require the Reading Diagnostic and Intervention Grant Steering Committee to develop a multifaceted strategic plan to improve student achievement in reading for students in kindergarten through grade three and require the committee to advise the Kentucky Department of Education on specified issues

*Amend KRS Chapter 158.844 to end the existing mathematics achievement grant program after the 2019-2020 school year;

*Provide that beginning with the 2020-2021 school year the mathematics achievement fund will fund the Center for Mathematics; the Kentucky Kid's First Act.

2/7/19

https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article225979525.html 

HB 306: An Act Relating to Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb306.html 

*Amend KRS 158.1413 to include appropriate behavior in the requirements of essential workplace ethics instruction.

2/11/19 Introduced

HB 314: An Act Relating to Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb314.html 

*Amend KRS 158.785 to include criteria to review when completing a management audit

*Require the chief state school officer to provide a local district with written deficiencies found through the management audit and corrective actions and a time frame for completion in order to exit assistance

*Specify that a district can only be a "state managed district" after at least two years of unsuccessful assistance, criminal malfeasance, or insolvency

*Restrict the chief state school officer's authority during state management to only those specific items found through the management audit

*Amend KRS 156.029 to require the state board of education to include two at-large members who are current or retired elementary or secondary teachers

*Amend KRS 156.040 to clarify that a state board member cannot hold any elective federal, state, county, or city office.

2/11/19 Introduced

HB 331: An Act Relating to Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb331.html 

*Amend KRS 158.6453 to allow parents or guardians to choose that their student not participate in statewide student assessments

*Amend KRS 160.345 to conform.

2/12/19 Introduced

HB 358: An Act Relating to the Kentucky Employees Retirement System and Declaring an Emergency

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb358.html 

*Create a new section of KRS 61.510 to 61.705 to provide that postsecondary education institutions may voluntarily cease participation in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS) by paying the actuarial costs of ceasing participation

*Require institutions to file request to cease participation by December 31, 2019; define "postsecondary institutions" as Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, the Kentucky Community Technical College System, and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation

*Set actuarial costs for institutions ceasing participation to assumptions in the 2018 actuarial valuation and provide that the institution may pay off the costs over a period not to exceed 25 years at an interest rate of 5.25% per annum

*Provide that existing employees of a postsecondary institution ceasing participation may, subject to a favorable private letter ruling, elect to continue participating in the system; amend KRS 61.510, 61.520, 61.525, 61.543, and 61.560 to conform

*Provide that the KERS employer contribution rate shall be 49.47% of pay in FY 2019-2020 for Regional Mental Health Programs, Local and District Health Departments, domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, child advocacy centers, state supported universities and community colleges, and any other agency eligible to voluntarily cease participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System pursuant to KRS 61.522; EMERGENCY.

2/13/19 Introduced

2/19/19 1st Read

2/21/19 2nd Read

https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article226257295.html 

HB 377: An Act Relating to Arts Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb377.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require schools to offer all students instruction in the visual and performing arts, submit an annual report to the Department of Education, and implement school policies regarding visual and performing arts instruction;

*Require the Department of Education to develop visual and performing arts program standards, guidelines on model programs, and strategies and initiatives for meeting the requirements of the section

*Require the Department of Education to provide resources, assessment tools, and a reporting checklist to schools

*Require the Department of Education to report to the Interim Joint Committee on Education by December 1, 2020, on the status of schools meeting the requirements of this section; amend KRS 158.6453 to require the school profile report to be included in the school report card and require the visual and performing arts program data to be included in the school profile report; amend KRS 160.345 to conform

*Cite the Act as the Arts Education Equity Act.

2/19/19 Introduced

HB 391: An Act Relating to a New Tax Credit

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb391.html 

*Establish a new subchapter under KRS Chapter 154 and create new sections thereof to allow the earn and learn tax credit in an amount up to 25% of the costs incurred by an approved company for tuition or other educational expenses paid on behalf of a qualified employee, not to exceed $1,500 and up to 50% of those costs incurred for a qualified employee in recovery, not to exceed $2,000

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to allow the tax credit against the income taxes and the limited liability entity tax for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, but before January 1, 2023; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the tax credit

*Amend KRS 131.190 to allow the Department of Revenue to report to the General Assembly.

2/15/19 Introduced

HB 405: An Act Relating to Educator Professional Development

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb405.html 

*Amend KRS 156.095 to require the Kentucky Department of Education to develop a list of recommended racial trauma trainings

*Require local boards of education to adopt a policy implementing racial trauma training within the district

*Require biennial racial trauma training starting with the 2020-2021 school year

*Identify racial trauma training requirements.

2/15/19 Introduced

HB 423: An Act Relating to Student Access to Sexually Explicit Material

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb423.html 

*Amend KRS 156.675 to require the Kentucky Department of Education to Develop informational materials on the public health risks and potential harms of sexually explicit Internet content

*Require each public school to distribute the informational materials to parents and guardians beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

HB 444: An Act Relating to Locally Operated Area Technology Centers and Making an Appropriation Therefor

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb444.html 

*Amend KRS 157.069 to allow the Department of Education to continue to distribute state supplemental funds for a locally operated technology center to a district when the district enters a collaborative project agreement and moves the center as part of the agreement; APPROPRIATION.

2/19/19 Introduced

HB 485: An Act Relating to Public Schools

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb485.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require the Kentucky Department of Education to identify or develop a sexual harassment and abuse awareness and prevention program to be used by local boards of education

*Require local boards of education to conduct a survey every two years on school climate

*Require the local board, local district, and schools to use the results of the survey for planning purposes.

2/20/19 Introduced

HB 500: An Act Relating to the Commonwealth’s Educational Laboratory School and Making an Appropriation Therefor

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb500.html 

*Amend KRS 164.380 to direct Eastern Kentucky University to establish and operate the Commonwealth's Educational Laboratory School

*Provide funding mechanisms for the school

*Require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations for the funding processes; APPROPRIATION.

2/20/19 Introduced

HB 504: An Act Relating to the Teachers’ Retirement System

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb504.html

*Create a new section of KRS 161.220 to 161.716 to specify that new nonuniversity members of the Teachers' Retirement System on or after January 1, 2020, shall receive a foundational benefit component, which shall be a traditional defined benefit plan, and a supplemental benefit component which shall be a plan based upon the member's account balance

*Provide that the cost of the foundational benefit for these new members shall be accessed annually in the actuarial valuation

*Provide that if the funding level of the foundational benefit component for new nonuniversity members falls below 90%, the TRS board shall make one or more of the following changes to keep employer costs within the statutory fixed rate of 8% for the foundational benefit component: Utilize moneys in the stabilization reserve account from any excess contributions above costs of the new plan components for new nonuniversity members

*Utilize prospective mandatory employee and employer contributions from the supplemental benefit component

*Adjust the regular interest rate, benefit factor, age and service requirements to retire, or COLAs for new nonuniversity members only; create a new section of KRS 161.220 to 161.716 to establish the supplemental benefit component for new nonuniversity members who enter TRS on or after January 1, 2020, that pays benefits based upon mandatory employee and employer contributions of 2% of pay, voluntary employee and employer contributions, and interest on the accounts of the 30-year Treasury rate plus 1%; provide for vesting of employer contributions after 5 years

*Provide that a new nonuniversity member may take a refund, distribution, or annuitize their account balance into a monthly payment based upon assumptions established by the TRS board; amend KRS 161.155 to provide that new nonuniversity TRS members on or after January 1, 2020, shall not have any lump-sum sick leave payments added to their foundational benefit component calculation but may have the payment deposited into the supplemental benefit component; repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 161.220 to establish definitions for the new foundational benefit component and supplemental benefit component for new nonuniversity employees and make technical amendments to conform to a recent court decision

*Repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 161.540 to specify that new nonuniversity TRS members on or after January 1, 2020, shall contribute 13.75% of pay with 8% going to fund the foundational benefit component, 2% to fund the supplemental benefit component, and 3.75% to fund retiree health benefits; repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 161.550 to specify that the maximum employer contribution rate for new nonuniversity members on or after January 1, 2020, shall be 11.75% with 8% going to fund the foundational benefit component, 2% to fund the supplemental benefit component, and 0.75% to fund retiree health benefits; repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 161.600 to provide that new nonuniversity members on or after January 1, 2020, shall be eligible to retire upon attaining age 55 with 5 years of service; repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 161.620 to provide that new nonuniversity TRS members shall receive a benefit factor of 1.5% up to 2.5% based upon the member's age and years of service; increase the life insurance benefit for new nonuniversity members on or after January 1, 2020, from $2,000 and $5,000 while active and retired respectively to $5,000 and $10,000 respectively; repeal, reenact, and amend or repeal and reenact or amend KRS 61.400, 161.420, 161.470, 161.480, 161.500, 161.507, 161.515, 161.520, 161.522, 161.525, 161.545, 161.5465, 161.547, 161.548, 161.549, 161.568, 161.580, 161.585, 161.590, 161.595, 161.605, 161.612, 161.615, 161.623, 161.630, 161.661, 161.650, 161.700, and 161.714 to make technical and conforming amendments and to conform to a recent court decision.

2/20/19 Introduced

https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article226566379.html 

HB 508: An Act Relating to the Educators Employment Liability Insurance Program, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb508.html 

*Create a new section of KRS Chapter 161 to establish the Educators Employment Liability Insurance Program for certified employees of public schools

*Require the Department of Education to promulgate administrative regulations to implement the program

*Appropriate $7,000,000 for the program for fiscal year 2019-2020; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

2/20/19 Introduced

HB 518: An Act Relating to Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb518.html 

*Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

2/20/19 Introduced

HB 519: An Act Relating to Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb519.html 

*Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

2/20/19 Introduced

HB 523: An Act Relating to Education

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb523.html 

*Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

2/20/19 Introduced

HB 524: An Act Relating to Reorganization

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb524.html 

*Repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 164.004 to reorganize the Strategic Committee on Postsecondary Education and rename it the Strategic Committee on Higher Education

*Amend KRS 164.001, 164.013, and 164.020 to conform

*Confirm Executive Order 2019-029.

2/20/19 Introduced

HB 525: An Act Relating to the Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb525.html 

*Amend KRS 161.250 and 161.260 to provide that nominations to be placed on the ballot for the seven elected trustees of the Teachers' Retirement System board shall for elections occurring after July 1, 2019, consist of one individual submitted by each of the following organizations: the Kentucky Education Association, the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association, the Kentucky School Boards Association, the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, the Kentucky Association of Professional Educators, the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Kentucky Bankers Association; *Require the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants nominee to be a certified public accountant and require the Kentucky Bankers Association nominee to have financial or banking experience.

2/20/19 Introduced