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Speak Up for SBDM Councils: SB3 attacks SBDM councils and shareholder voice.

Update: SB3 passed the Senate on 1-11-19 and will be sent to the House. It is likely the House will assign it to the House Education Committee.

Please take action now.  Contact members of the House Education Committee.

SB3 amends the SBDM law, KRS 160.345 to:

  • Require council policy to be consistent with local board policy. 
    Issue: SBDM councils would be greatly limited by the school board’s policies that require uniformity at every school in the district. A one-size-fits-all approach has never been proven effective.(Some Senators stated there is no intent to change the council responsibilities. If that is the case, the language needs to be clarified so school boards are not limiting or overruling council responsibilities.)

  • Have the superintendent select the principal after consultation with school council
    Issue: 1) The selection of the principal is removed from the people in the school and given solely to the superintendent, taking us back 27 years. 2) In the current process, the collaboration between superintendent and council sets the principal up for success. New principals need support from shareholders.

  • Permit a superintendent to send personnel applicants to the principal instead of the council
    Issue: This is another way to devalue the parent and teacher council members.

  • Specify that a council decision is appealable to the local board
    Issue: Appeals are already in the SBDM law, but have only been seen as a way to appeal a decision that is illegal, dangerous, etc. Changing this language and adding a review process MAY signal an intention to allow school boards to overturn council decisions.
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