Legislative Alerts

January 24, 2018
Health Insurance Update from KRTA

A statement from Tim Abrams of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) on Governor Bevin’s Budget Proposal:

“While the budget funds the pension system, as required by law, the Bevin Administration is proposing stripping $54 million from retired teacher’s health care. This is beyond devastating for a retired teacher on a fixed income, putting the financial livelihood of thousands of retired teachers in real jeopardy if this budget is enacted.

These cuts would affect teachers who retired on or after July 1, 2010 and are under the age of 65. A single retired teacher drawing a pension of $3,000 a month could pay up to an additional $500 a month for health insurance, which adds up $6,000 a year. For someone who is on a “parent plus” plan it would equate to more than $800 a per month, which adds up to $9,600 a year.

Frankfort created this mess by refusing to fund pensions for more than a decade. We simply can’t believe how quickly the Bevin Administration is willing to turn its back on retired teachers without pursuing tax reform, new sources of revenues or cutting the budget elsewhere.”

Call your legislator at 1-800-372-7181 and tell them to leave health insurance benefits alone! Don’t forget to tweet!

January 18, 2018

Say No to Senate Bill 55: School Councils

The 2018 Kentucky Legislature will make important decisions about the future of school councils. SB 55 contains four areas of concern:

  • Grants the superintendent authority to fill principal vacancies. The current system is successful and principal selection is a joint decision with the superintendent and SBDM members.
  • Provides that SBDM policies shall be consistent with district policies thus school boards could dictate what policies govern individual schools. SBDMs have been successful because they recognize that all schools and students are not the same and the one size fits all bureaucratic processes do not lead to students reaching higher levels.
  • Allows the local board to arbitrarily overturn any school council decision or action if the board thinks the action is a “hindrance” to the operation of the district. This allows the local school board to second guess school based decisions using a non-measurable system.
  • Creates a new process where the local board can request to have the SBDM council made advisory and authority given solely to the principal or superintendent. There already is a measurable system to remove a non-effective school council when a school is low achieving.

School councils are an important contributor to school success. Teachers, principals, and parents deserve a strong voice in schools and it makes sense to allow decisions to be made by educators and families who know the challenges that schools face.

January 12, 2018
Two bills have been filed – Senate Bill (SB) 36 and the equivalent bill in the House, HB 134.
These bills represent the privatization of public schools in Kentucky and will be devastating to public education funding.  These measures will further drain revenue from public schools.
Please call your legislators and tell them to Vote NO on SB36. Call the KY Legislative comment line 800-372-7181 or your legislators offices by calling 502-564-8100 and ask for them by name.