With regard to the PFM Group report issued on Monday, KAPE administrative staff would like to stress the following points:

This report is a review of not only TRS, but the pension and retirement systems of all state employees, law enforcement, and other first responders employed by the state.  The report was compiled by a third party agency that has no legislative powers.  The recommendations made in the report are just that, recommendations.  They are not set in stone.  The legislators are NOT obligated to act on any of the recommendations.  Any changes to TRS (or any of the state retirement systems) will require legislation.  NO LEGISLATION HAS BEEN PRE-FILED AT THIS TIME!

KAPE is committed to providing accurate, factual information.  KAPE also understands that teachers’ time is limited.  The volume of information that has been released is massive.  KAPE WILL comb through the reports and disseminate TRS specific information to our members in the most abbreviated form possible to accurately convey the information.  Look for these updates at kentuckyteachers.org, our Facebook page, and email. MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SHARE ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED TO THEM BY KAPE WITH NON-MEMBERS.

The texts of the full PFM Group report can be found at:https://pensions.ky.gov/Pages/Consultant-Reports.aspx

A joint statement from Gov. Bevin, Speaker Hoover and Senate President Stivers was issued today.  The full text of the statement can be found at:  https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2017/08/29/guest-comment-saving-kentucky-s-retirement-systems.html

KAPE intends to make all reasonable efforts to ensure that the legislature meets its statutory obligation with regard to retirements and retirement funding. KAPE believes in the ability of each of its members to make their own decisions.  KAPE also believes that it is imperative that each individual member reaches out to their local legislators about this issue.  KAPE will never suggest that its members behave in a manner that could be construed as subversive during the course of their job duties.  KAPE believes in the power of civil discourse. During the next legislative or special session, KAPE wishes, instead, to concentrate on actions that will successfully effectuate change and protect teachers.






Amy Floyd (Director of Membership Development) represented KAPE in Frankfort at recent Education Committee Meetings.  Below is a summary of bills heard in these meetings and actions taken at the Committee level.

House Education Meeting (2/16/17)

HB 151 (BR 460) – K. BratcherA. Wuchner

AN ACT relating to school attendance.
Amend KRS 159.070 to permit a student to enroll in the school nearest to their home, except in cases in which there are academic or skill prerequisites for attendance in the school.

HB 151 (As Introduced)

HCS1 – Retain original provisions; specify changes are to begin with the 2019-2020 school year; provide that those residing within the shortest travel distance to a school be given first priority in cases where the capacity of the school may be exceeded; permit a child to attend a school other than the one closest with permission of the district; exclude traditional schools; Interim Joint Committee on Education to be presented testimony on implementation.

Jan 06, 2017 – introduced in House
Feb 07, 2017 – to Education (H)
Feb 16, 2017 – posting waived; posted in committee
Feb 17, 2017 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)

HB241- Student Athlete Safety- Rep. J. Sims Jr.  Requires athletes assumed to have possible concussion not be allowed to play again without having a medical evaluation.  Passed unanimously with favorable expression- eligible for consent.

HB 269- Substitute Teachers- Rep. S. Riley- Amend KRS 160.380 to allow relatives who are currently ineligible for employment in a school district to serve as substitutes.  Passed unanimously with favorable expression eligible for consent.

HB 277- Rep. B. Reed-  AN ACT relating to local boards of education.
Amend KRS 160.180 to remove board of education member eligibility restriction that no aunt, uncle, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law be employed by that board.  Passed Favorably- (Not eligible for consent)

HB 307-  Dyslexia Screening and Interventions- Rep A. Wuchner- Amend KRS 158.305 to revise the definition of “dyslexia”; define “qualified screening tool”; require each school district to develop a policy related to its response-to-intervention system; require teacher preparation programs to include dyslexia and response-to-intervention components; require professional development for teachers on dyslexia and response-to-intervention components; require the Department of Education to establish a list of qualified screening tools; require school districts to administer a qualified screening tool to students at least once per year; describe the action to be taken by schools when a student shows characteristics of dyslexia; require the Department of Education to develop dyslexia resources for teachers.

HB 307 (As Introduced)

HCS1 – Retain original provisions except add definition of universal screening tool; require the Department of Education to establish list of approved universal screening tools; require universal screening to be given at least once to each student between kindergarten and grade 3; require additional screening for each student identified for dyslexia.

Feb 10, 2017 – introduced in House
Feb 14, 2017 – to Education (H)
Feb 16, 2017 – posting waived; posted in committee
Feb 17, 2017 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar Committee Substitute

House Education Committee 2/21/17

HB 128- Bible Literacy in Public Schools – DJ Johnson, D. Hale, C. Morgan AN ACT relating to Bible literacy courses in the public schools.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations to establish an elective social studies course on the Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible, the New Testament, or a combination of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament of the Bible; require that the course provide to students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, mores, oratory, and public policy; permit students to use various translations of the Bible for the course; amend KRS 158.197 to permit a school council to offer an elective social studies course on the Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible, the New Testament, or a combination of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament of the Bible.

Bill passed with favorable expression- Not eligible for consent.

HB 252- Automated External Defibrillators in Schools-  Rep. J. Blanton-   AN ACT relating to automated external defibrillators in schools.
Amend KRS 158.162 to require the school council or, if none exists, the principal to obtain an automated external defibrillator by the 2019-2020 school year; require a minimum of three employees be trained on its usage; require the school council or, if none exists, the principal to adopt procedures for its usage and policies on training and maintenance; amend KRS 158.302 to delete language stating that a school is not required to have an automated external defibrillator.
Passed with favorable expression.  Was not placed on consent calendar in order to allow other members of the legislature to be educated on this issue.

HB 312- Student financial assistance- Rep. Riley, D. Mayfield- AN ACT relating to student financial assistance.
Amend KRS 164.7531 to end the Best in Class, Best in Care, and Best in Law programs by June 30, 2018; amend KRS 164.769 to allow teacher scholarship recipients who teach dual credit coursework in a high school to receive two semesters of teacher scholarship promissory note cancellation for each semester spent teaching.  Passed with favorable expression on consent.