July 31, 2018
KSBA Aware , the Kentucky School Boards Associations semi-monthly publication, features education news, legislative developments, research, member polling, advocacy efforts and the latest in KSBA programming. We welcome your feedback on its content, including the topics you would like to see covered in future issues.

In this issue:

  • Five takeaways: Gov. Bevins executive order
  • SEEK funding shifting to local communities
  • "Safety First" tips from Dan Orman
  • Strategies to Share: Pendleton County launches poverty focus
  • Trauma-informed care in Frankfort Independent Schools
  • KSBA member polling results, and a new poll question
  • Dates, deadlines and events
Five takeaways from Gov. Matt Bevin's order reorganizing education boards and councils

Gov. Bevin filed an executive order on July 17, setting into motion broad reorganizations to 11 education boards and councils. Since then, other orders have been issued relating to internal structural changes to offices within the department of education. The governor is expected to issue additional orders covering, among other things, the appointments of individuals to these boards and councils. Here are five key takeaways from executive order 2018-581.

1. By abolishing and immediately recreating eight of the 11 boards outlined in the executive order, Bevin altered board makeup and made other changes to these entities:
  • Standards and Assessments Process Review Committee
  • Educational Professional Standards Board
  • School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council
  • State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children
  • Read-to-Achieve Council
  • Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Council
  • Early Childhood Advisory Council
  • Center for School Safety
2. This is not the first time Bevin has reorganized Kentucky’s education boards by executive order.

In the past, governors have routinely used this process in a variety of ways, including Bevin, who reorganized some of these same boards and councils last year. ( See KRS 12.028) The General Assembly did not codify into law the changes proposed by that 2017 order during the last session, so it would have expired had it not been for the new July 17 order.

3. Membership on some of the affected boards will change significantly.

For example, under the order, the Center for School Safety board will now include several additional members with law enforcement backgrounds, while eliminating representatives of local school faculty and members recommended by the Kentucky School Boards Association, Kentucky Association of School Administrators, Kentucky Education Association, Kentucky Education Support Personnel Association and the Kentucky Association of School Councils.

4.   The Council for Community Education was abolished completely, transferring its responsibilities to the Kentucky Board of Education.

In an email to the Bowling Green Daily News, the governor’s communications director, Elizabeth Kuhn, explained the rationale behind the decision: “The abolishment of the Council for Community Education will ensure that grant funds for community education are disbursed in an efficient and streamlined manner. The Council served as an advisory body for the Board of Education regarding grant disbursements. However, the Board of Education reviewed and approved all grant recommendations, making the Council’s role in the grant process duplicative.”

5. Bevin’s prior reorganization order is still being litigated. 

The executive order from 2017, which affected many of these same boards and councils, is the subject of ongoing litigation filed by the attorney general. The lawsuit is now before the Kentucky Supreme Court as Case No. 2017-SC-647, and the outcome of this litigation may impact this current reorganization plan – and, potentially, the law relating to all reorganization orders.
Report shows increase in local burden for P-12 education

The Center for Better Education has released district reports on historical SEEK funding trends, both in actual dollars and adjusted for inflation, showing the burden shift from the state to local communities. The CBE finds that, since 2008, the local funding share has risen from 40 percent to 49 percent. The statewide findings include a series of charts examining per-pupil spending. The group also has provided separate reports on individual school districts.

In sharing the data, Tom Shelton, executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, noted, “…the lack of adequate funding has an even greater impact on our students with the greatest needs due to the SEEK formula structure to provide equity for these students (At Risk, Exceptional Child, and ELL) as multipliers from the base. If the base is inadequate, then a lack of equity is the result.”
Safety First: Communicating safety plans

In the video link below, Dan Orman, Training Coordinator for the Kentucky Center for School Safety, discusses the importance of effective communications following changes to school safety plans and procedures.

If you have a school safety question you would liked answered, submit your question to us and it may be used in a future edition of KSBA Aware .
Pendleton County Schools launches poverty focus

It’s not exactly trading places, but certified staff in Pendleton County Schools are getting an opportunity to better understand low-income students through a program that simulates poverty, a bus tour of the county and a book study.

During the simulation, staff members will be assigned a different role and family. They will receive a card detailing who their family members are, what kind of employment they have and their salary if they are employed. The simulation will take participants through a four-week span compressed into 15-minute segments with typical expenses and events to see if the staff members can get by for the month.

“Building relationships with all of our students is essential to student success,” said Laura Pugh, the district’s executive director of teaching and learning. “We want our students to believe that no matter their socioeconomic status, achievement is a reachable target and that we are here to help them experience success.”

Pendleton County administrators participated in a poverty simulation at Newport Independent and decided the program would benefit their district.

On Aug. 9, staff will take a bus tour of the county as part of the initiative. “We feel like if you work in this county, you should know the ins and outs of it,” Pugh said. She said sometimes staff get aggravated when parents don’t participate or get involved in school activities, but “I think they'll see between the poverty situation and the circumstances those families are living in and the stress they're dealing with – and then they factor in after the bus tour how far out some of our families live and if they don't have means of transportation – that running to school for a half-hour parent-teacher conference may not be feasible.”

Throughout the year, staff will do a book study of Eric Jensen’s Poor Students, Rich Teaching: Mindsets for Change. Pugh said Jensen outlines “strategies that teachers can use in their classroom to deal with some of these students who are maybe coming to school with that kind of stress on their plates and be able to relate to them better.

“Hopefully it’s going to improve the relationship between the student and the teacher, and also help those students who are living in low-income situations to be more successful in the classroom.”
KSBA Polling Question
What school safety topic are you most interested in learning more about?
Metal detectors
Arming staff
School resource officers (SROs)
Mental health
Access control/visitor protocol
Building renovations and improvements
KSBA Polling Results
Upcoming dates, deadlines and events
Kentucky Board of Education meets Aug. 1-2
Following a retreat meeting on Aug. 1 at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce offices, the Kentucky Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting Aug. 2. The meeting will take place at the Kentucky Department of Education at the state education department. The Aug. 2 meeting will be webcast live. A working agenda for the regular meeting has been posted online. 
School board policy updates due Aug. 15
By law, one of the school board’s key responsibilities is to adopt and maintain policies to guide governance of the school district. KRS 160.340 (4) states, “It is intended that these policies shall cover matters within the authority and discretion of the district board of education and not matters otherwise required by law or regulation. Such policies... shall be kept up to date by filing annual amendments thereto each August 15...”

Read about this and more in the latest edition of the Policy Connection.
Free film screening at Louisville Science Center
The #OurJCPS coalition is sponsoring two screenings of the recently released film Backpack Full of Cash. KSBA is not affiliated with this event, but some of our members may find the subject matter of interest. View the trailer and film information.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 8
First screening: 12:15 p.m.
Second screening: 2:45 p.m.
Runtime: 93 mins
Location: Kentucky Science Center - 727 W. Main St, Louisville

The screening is free and open to the public, but attendees must reserve tickets in advance. Free admission to the Science Center will be granted to attendees following the film. 
Planning is underway for KSBA's 2018 Fall Regional Meetings. Save the date so you can attend the meeting in your region or another nearby region. This year's dinner program is entitled “Show Me the Money,” and will gain KSBA members both finance and charter authorizer credits. Regional meeting sites will also provide one-hour bonus session opportunities prior to the start of the dinner program on a variety of topics. More details will be available in the coming weeks.
Board Election/Re-Election
Filing Deadline is August 14
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