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For a fraction of the cost of other organizations, KAPE offers DOUBLE the liability coverage! For $195/year you receive $2 million in liability coverage and other benefits. PLUS, if need for legal representation arises in an employment dispute or threat to your licensure through referral to EPSB, you will have GUARANTEED legal representation until the incident is resolved. With KAPE, you can love your school and your wallet!
ATTENTION ALL KAPE MEMBERS!
Representative Ken Upchurch has filed HB 525 this week, which is a bill to reorganize the Teachers Retirement System Board of Trustees. As the statute currently stands, KEA controls the selection process of all four of the active teacher candidates who sit on the Board. Although, teachers across the state get to vote on the candidates, KEA controls who the candidates are. As you well know, the Board of Trustees has made numerous errors and misjudgments in investments in recent years. One of those errors was the investment management consultants who consistently gave the Board bad advice-- FOR YEARS!!!! HB 525 levels the field and reorganizes the Board to give representation to ALL the stakeholders who are members of TRS, rather than KEA alone, and includes board members with investment and banking expertise. This bill will place one nominee from these organizations on the Board of Trustees:
Kentucky Education Association
Kentucky Retired Teachers' Association
Kentucky School Boards Association
Kentucky Association of School Superintendents
KENTUCKY ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS
Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants
Kentucky Bankers Association
Normally, KAPE just reports on legislation without taking a viewpoint. However, we believe this bill to be of such paramount importance that KAPE must ask our members to support EQUAL representation as proposed in HB 525. Representative Upchurch has asked for constructive comments. He can be reached at Ken.Upchurch@lrc.ky.gov or call the Legislative Message Line at 502-564-8100!
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Our mission at KAPE is not to disrespect others, yell, attack, and blow smoke to hide the truth. We are not a union, and we do not function like a union. Our mission is to inform our members about what is really going on in events around them, and then to defend our members' right to protest, argue, ignore, or stand their ground. KAPE does not organize protests against the government and then violate state law and district policies by using school resources to stage a protest. We urge members to follow all regulations and policies when participating in legitimate rallies and protests. KAPE was present in Frankfort during the pension crisis meetings at the Pension Board, in legislative meetings, and on the Capitol grounds when protests were being launched. We did not abandon our members, nor did we remain silent. We informed our members of the TRUTH! We don't tell our members what to believe, think, or what to protest. We do not mislead them nor hide years of mismanagement at the Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees. KAPE supports saving all parts of the Kentucky Retirement Systems in a legal, financially sound manner. But we stand alone in our quest for TRUTH, and we will provide that to our members.
The recent US Supreme Court decision in Janus means that public employees are no longer forced to join a union or to pay agency fees as a condition of their job. Employees must now "opt in" instead of the traditional "opt out" that has been required for years by some districts in the local collective bargaining contracts. If you have been forced to pay any agency fees to the union, KAPE is collaborating with independents in other states to attempt to recoup that money back to educators. Contact us with questions!
We are a professional organization for certified and classified staff in all Kentucky schools (public and private). KAPE offers double the liability insurance, legal representation, and representation in Frankfort for less than half the cost of other organizations. KAPE is NOT a UNION.