Each year the Kentucky PTA legislative team reviews the issues that we will focus on during the upcoming legislative session. Using both the adopted Kentucky PTA and National PTA legislative platforms and resolutions as a reference and considering the needs in Kentucky, the legislative team drafts proposed priorities to present to the state board of directors. The board votes on these suggested priorities at the fall board meeting. Upon adoption, the priorities are delivered to each Kentucky legislator at the beginning of the yearly session. They are also shared with our many partners in education and health and safety.
- Maintain or increase funding for adequate P-12 public school education
- Oppose any vouchers or tax credits
- Support tax reform to increase public school funding
- In order to prevent any service reductions and maintain equity, public schools must not divert funding from non-charter public schools.
- Charter schools must ensure access for all children, be free of tuition and be reflective of district population.
- Charter schools must be subject to the same assessment, accountability standards, and certification as non-charter public schools.
- Charter schools must adhere to the service standards for students with special needs (IEP, 504 plans), including which entity is to be the local education agency (LEA) responsible for providing these services and how they are to be funded.
- Charter schools must meaningfully engage parents in transparent authorizing, review, and any decision making processes, including the involvement of at least two parents on all levels of charter boards.
SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS:
- Parents should never fear sending their children to school
and students should always feel safe in their learning environment.
SCHOOL BASED DECISION MAKING COUNCILS (SBDMs):
- Oppose any reduction in authority and/or dismantling of School Based Decision Making Councils (SBDM) in schools, which includes parent engagement.
SUPPORT TEACHER RETIREMENT PENSION FUNDING
We need to invest in our children who are our future. Everychild, one voice. Let’s make this happen.
Kentucky PTA Legislative Platform
Preamble to the Kentucky PTA Legislative Platform
Based on the recognition of the home as the foundation of our society the Kentucky PTA promotes and supports legislation designed to protect all children and youth, to meet their educational needs including college and career readiness as well as their health welfare needs, in order that they may be better prepared to assume the ever-increasing responsibility of citizenship. Kentucky PTA believes a sustained commitment to increase spending for education is critical to strengthening the Commonwealth’s economy and ensuring a quality education for all students. The Kentucky PTA supports the National Congress of Parents and Teachers Public Policy Agenda, Position Statements, and approved Convention Resolutions as have been approved by a vote of the delegates in the annual convention.
1. Kentucky PTA supports maximum legislative financial support for operation, maintenance and construction of tax- supported schools.
a. Provide adequate funding for all P-12 public schools to insure an adequate and equitable educational system.
b. Provide full funding for:
• All mandated educational programs
• Family Resource and Youth Service Centers
• Public school transportation
• Safe construction and renovation of public school buildings
• Appropriations to meet the needs of the special education, gifted, English language learners and the educationally challenged and at risk students
• Full day kindergarten with classrooms at a pupil-teacher ratio of no more than twenty to one (20:1) with fully funded transportation for all districts that choose to have a full day kindergarten program
• Development of early childhood education programs
• Legislative and financial support for expanded career, vocational, and school to work programs
• Provisions for expansion of summer school programs, extended school services, and year round school
2. Kentucky PTA supports equitable sources of new revenue for public schools.
a. Local tax efforts as provided for in Kentucky State Law and other initiatives.
b. The proper assessment and collection of all due taxes.
c. Promotes and supports equitable sources of new revenue for public schools.
3. In order to ensure adequate funds are available for public education Kentucky PTA opposes:
a. Direct or indirect use of public funds for non-public schools i.e. private schools, home schooling, charter schools including transportation.
b. Any form of tuition tax credits or voucher system.
4. Kentucky PTA supports legislation and financial support for the efficient administration of public schools.
a. A non-partisan State Board of Education. ·
b. High professional scale of salaries for teachers and classified staff.
c. Legislation that will provide adequate funding for teacher professional development.
d. The enactment of incentive programs to enhance learning for schools.
e. Adequate funding for additional counselors in all schools at all levels.
f. Adequate funding for Kentucky administrators, teachers, and classified staff.
5. Kentucky PTA supports legislation, rules and regulations to ensure local control within each school district.
a. Strongly supports parental involvement in all levels of decision-making in schools.
b. Procedures to insure intervention in those local school districts where state standards are not maintained.
c. Procedures to insure intervention in those local school districts where district policies are not maintained.
d. Opposes censorship of textbooks, teaching materials and library materials.
e. School district reorganization and/or consolidation, when necessary to provide adequate education.
6. Kentucky PTA supports legislation and funding for health, welfare, recreation and cultural arts services for children and youth.
a. The enforcement of immunization laws for all Kentucky school children.
b. Full funding for health services in schools including school nurses.
c. Continued federal and state aid for the school lunch programd. Development and operation of library and media programs.
e. Tax deductions for businesses that make allowable contributions to schools, with school board or school based-decision council approval.
f. Protect and conserve natural resources, including public parks and protection of the environment.
g. Legislation designed to increase dissemination of information and services for voluntary family planning and education pertaining to sexually transmitted diseases and the prevention of teenage pregnancies.
h. Legislation that would authorize AIDS research, education programs and information dissemination.
i. Funding and implementation of programs in art, music, dance, drama and physical education in public schools.
j. Legislation to increase physical activity for K-12 students during school day.
k. Supports expanding legislation of arts education and core requirements for a high quality comprehensive education.
7. Kentucky PTA promotes and supports legislation and funding for protective services for children and youth.
a. Well-funded state, national and local programs for the prevention of juvenile delinquency.
b. The separation of the dependent child from the delinquent child.
c. The separation of juveniles from adults, when under institutional care.
d. The enforcement of current state and federal child labor laws and the opposition to lowering the work age.
e. Adoption laws and procedures designed to protect the welfare of children.
f. Legislation and funding for the protection and treatment of sexually abused children.
g. The strengthening of existing laws and enforcement procedures designed to deter sales and distribution of narcotics, hallucinogens, and other dangerous drugs among children and youth.
h. Provide funding for the enforcement of laws designed to protect minors from tobacco products, and electronic cigarettes.
i. Strengthen of existing laws and enforcement of sales and distribution of alcohol to minors.
j. Legislation would require companies to place warning labels on energy drinks and would prohibit the direct targeting of children in marketing.
k. Legislation establishing treatment facilities, research and evaluation programs for children and youth of addictive substance behaviors.
l. Legislation and funding that supports alternative educational programs and/or schools for students who cannot function in the regular school setting.
m. Legislation and funding that supports different styles of learning to meet the needs of all children i.e. Performing Arts, Magnet, Montessori, and Traditional Schools.
n. Improve enforcement of safety laws and strengthen traffic laws to protect Kentucky youth.
o. Legislation regulating the sale of firearms.
p. Legislation to protect children from loaded guns.
q. Funding of continued programs and databases that will assist in locating missing children.
r. Laws that will protect and educate children with regard to child predators, and social media.
s. Provide treatment for the psychologically and emotionally exploited child.
8. Kentucky PTA promotes and supports legislation that improves the quality of education.
a. Legislation and funding for dropout prevention at all levels.
b. Funding to support the technology needs of schools.
c. Full funding for textbooks, computers, and instructional materials needed to run effective schools.
d. Legislation that includes parents/legal guardians as equal partners in education.
e. Legislation that mandates parent teacher conference days statewide.
f. Community involvement to improve student achievement.
Kentucky PTA’s Legislative Platform is a permanent platform, which can be amended. Any PTA or PTSA- local unit-district or the Kentucky PTA Board of Directors – may request that a specific portion of the legislative platform be opened for (further) consideration at an annual convention. The request to consider a section(s) of the legislative platform must be submitted to the Kentucky PTA office no later than March 30. Supporting data must accompany the request. Send requests to: Kentucky PTA, P.O. Box 654, Frankfort, KY 40602-0654. The Kentucky PTA Legislative Committee shall review proposals for change in the Kentucky PTA Legislative Platform. Proposals not in accord with PTA policies or received without adequate support data may be rejected by the legislative committee or the board of directors. Notice of proposed changes, which are accepted by the legislative committee, and the board of directors will be published in the Kentucky PTA official publication prior to the annual convention. Proposed changes in the legislative platform will be debated and voted on at Convention. Floor amendments, which pertain to the areas for which previous notice was given, will be in order. By two/thirds vote, a convention body may open for consideration proposals for which prior notice has not been given. Copies of such proposals shall be provided for each delegate by the members proposing the changes and must include supporting data.