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Commentary: Kentucky superintendents urge support for House Bill 1 – with much-needed reforms

The Kentucky General Assembly finalizes the 2022 budget (House Bill 1).

While House Bill 1 includes long overdue investments in our public education system, such as funding for vocational and technical education and additional support for school staff and faculty – for Borrowing a line from the classroom – House Bill 1 in its current form would still receive a ‘need for improvement’ when it comes to putting Kentucky’s children first.

KASS strongly recommends four much-needed reforms to House Bill 1:

• Fully fund school transportation.
• Adopt full-day kindergarten.
• Increase investment per student to 1990 rates.
• Give local districts the freedom to tailor their education to meet the unique needs of students in their communities.

The positive effects of these reforms would not only be felt immediately in Kentucky households; they would also sustainably strengthen our economic prospects.

Consider, for example, that fully funding school transportation and full-day kindergarten doesn’t just mean getting kids to school.

This means that parents can return to work after two and a half years of inescapable obstacles and challenges.

This means that students can focus fully on their studies instead of worrying about how they will get to school safely – or when they will get home.

It means setting the conditions for Kentucky children, their parents, our teachers, and public schools to be at their best every day.

When you add it all up, the result for Kentuckians is clear: greater opportunities for our children, a stronger workforce today, and an even stronger economy tomorrow.

Kentucky experienced record economic development last year, highlighted by $11.2 billion in investment and more than 18,000 new jobs. However, we cannot rest on our laurels. On the contrary, we must be willing – now more than ever – to continue to build on this strength.

What’s better than investing in Kentucky’s children and ensuring a brighter future

What better way to ensure Kentucky children receive a high-quality education from the first day of kindergarten to graduation day?

But we need your help.

We encourage everyone in Kentucky to reach out to their legislators and urge them to put Kentucky’s children first by fully funding school transportation, embracing full-day kindergarten, increasing the SEEK base, and giving districts more freedom. school.

Call now, before it’s too late: 1-800-372-7181.

The Kentucky Association of School Superintendents (KASS) is a statewide nonprofit organization that represents Kentucky’s 171 superintendents in their pursuit of successful schools and academic excellence. For more than 70 years, KASS has been dedicated to equipping Kentucky students with the tools, skills, and confidence to succeed in the classroom, on the job, and in the community.