AC Board of Ed Vice Chair Joins the KSBA Legislative Education Advocacy Day

SchoolBoard2Late last week, the Anderson County Board of Education Vice-Chair and Kentucky School Board Association member, Donna Crain Drury, joined other education leaders and school board members from other regions of the state in Frankfort to lobby their legislators as leaders develop the biennial budget for Kentucky.  They were provided lobbying tips and a legislative issues briefing on January 21 by KSBA (Kentucky School Boards Association).

KSBA hosted Legislative Education Advocacy Day for all School Boards across the state.  Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Jan 21 in Frankfort at the Capital Plaza Hotel, school board members were given assistance by KSBA leaders on becoming effective advocates for their school systems when meeting face to face with members of the Kentucky General Assembly for the needs of public schools.  They were briefed on issues that are priorities and that have a direct impact on education.

In the afternoon, KSBA members met one-on-one with state legislators to discuss advocacy priorities, which included:
•    Increased funding for P-12 education.
•    Local control and school district autonomy
•    An effective teacher in every classroom
•    Every student college and career ready

In addition, the 2016 budget priorities that were presented to legislators by school board members as part of their KSBA members involved:
•    KTRS (Kentucky Teacher Retirement System) adoption of a long-term solution to unfunded liability
•    Increase SEEK transportation to 81% funded
•    Increase access and availability to early childhood education for all 4-year olds to 200% of federal poverty level to serve additional 15,653 children
•    Career and technical education
•    Funding KSBA’s SEMP (School Energy Managers Project) in Department of Energy Development and Independence budget
•    Support local school board governance by preserving ability of local school boards to set school calendars to fit local desires and meet student needs
•    General Assembly should pass legislation to address pension spiking that maintains safeguards to prevent abuse, but allows for legitimate increases in compensation
•    Give school districts additional tools to assist in closing achievement gaps

Speakers at the morning session of Legislative Education Advocacy Day included Mike Armstrong, Executive Director of KSBA; Hope McLaughlin, KSBA Director of Government Relations; Beau Barnes, KSBA Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel; and Dr. Stephen Pruitt, new Commissioner of Kentucky Department of Education.

KSBA Governmental Relations staff attend all legislative committee meetings held on issues relating to education during each legislative session and the interim.  Each week during a legislative session, KSBA staff consult school board members for their input on legislation.  The association keeps school board members informed during legislative sessions by sending them a weekly legislative report.

Article and photo provided by Donna Crain Drury

 

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