In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
- Update on My Voice Issues
- Follow-up Letter to KSBA Executive Director Bill Scott With Additional KSBIT Questions
- Results of Survey on EOC Percents for Use in Final Grade
- KY K-12 Successfully Transitions to Microsoft Office 365
- Next Week is the Monthly Superintendents’ Webcast
- Commissioner’s Blog This Week
- Legislative Update
Update on My Voice Issues - I know many of you have heard my webinars and testimony lately and wondered what is wrong with my voice. I have been having trouble since late November. I have been to my personal doctor and an ENT specialist. We have ruled out any type of cancer, allergies, and acid reflux conditions. I have another specialist I will be seeing in Louisville in March who has special equipment and I hope to have an answer at that time. Thanks to many of you who have expressed concern. I know that listening to me talk is challenging but I hope to see improvements very soon. Thank you for your concerns and patience.
Follow-up Letter to KSBA Executive Director Bill Scott With Additional KSBIT Questions
- I am sharing a follow-up letter to KSBA Executive Director Bill Scott that asks additional questions about his Feb. 7 responses on KSBIT issues. The letter is attached
to this e-mail. I am still deeply concerned about these issues due to the tight financial situation that districts find themselves in at this time.
Results of Survey on EOC Percents for Use in Final Grade
are survey results from December 2012 that show the percentage schools use the end-of-course (EOC) assessment as part of the final grade of students. 100% use it for part of a grade in some fashion.
KY K-12 Successfully Transitions to Microsoft Office 365 – This week, the KY K-12 education technology team successfully migrated 150,000 Kentucky K-12 adult accounts to Microsoft’s Office 365 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/what-is-office365.aspx
). This makes Kentucky the largest K-12 Office 365 deployment in the United States. We’ll next be adding all the K-12 student accounts/objects (i.e.,744,000) to Office 365 over the next several months. This will make KY K-12 the very largest in regard to active Office 365 accounts of any kind in any type of public or private organization around the world.
Something of this scale and magnitude has taken 18 months of quality planning and thoughtful preparation by a whole lot of good folks, so it’s rewarding to see it all come to fruition. Special thanks goes to all those key folks on KDE’s Office 365 team, district staff and Microsoft staff that frequently do “whatever it takes” to go beyond the call of duty in order for us to be successful. It was exciting to see the full Lync tool come to life. The following link takes you to an article in CIO magazine called “The 5 Reasons Lync 2013 Matters”: http://tinyurl.com/KYK12Office365
Next Week is the Monthly Superintendents’ Webcast – Remember that the next superintendents’ webcast will be held next Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET. Topics will include a legislative update, a PGES update, how districts are using ESEA waiver flexibility, a CSIP/CDIP calendar, and guidance on restraint and seclusion.
We will send you the link and PowerPoint for the webcast on Monday. As is customary, we will record it and make a link to a recording of it available so that anyone who missed the live broadcast can watch it later.
Legislative Update – Today marks the 17th day of a 30-day legislative session. Several education bills have cleared committee and next week should see more consideration of the opposite chamber’s bills. Below is a summary of legislative activity for this week (Feb. 18-22):
The House Education Committee met this week and the following bills were heard and passed out of committee:
HB98w/HCA (Rep. Joni Jenkins)
defines dating and teen dating violence and allows a local school board to adopt a policy related to teen dating violence. The Center for School Safety will need to develop materials to be used by school professional staff as a self-study review of teen dating violence. The bill also requires middle school and high school professional staff to complete a minimum of one hour of self-study review of teen dating violence. All incidents of teen dating violence will need to be included in a statewide data collection system.
HB 135 (Rep. Richard Henderson)
establishes the School and Student Safety Review Subcommittee as a statutory committee of the Legislative Research Commission.
HB 172 (Rep. Addia Wuchner)
requires schools to have a written emergency anaphylactic reaction response plan and to keep an epinephrine auto-injector in a minimum of two locations in the school. The bill exempts the authorized person from civil liability for administering or assisting with the administration of epinephrine.
HB 239 (Rep. Carl Rollins)
confirms Executive Order 2012-419 transferring the Council on Postsecondary Education from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet to the Office of the Governor.
HB 240w/HCS (Rep. Carl Rollins)
confirms Executive Order 2012-1029 creating the Office for Education and Workforce Statistics and the Board of the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics and clarifies which public agencies shall contribute education and workforce data to the system.
HB 241 (Rep. Carl Rollins)
confirms Executive Order 2012-561 reorganizing various offices in the Department of Education.
HB 269 (Rep. Carl Rollins)
clarifies that the Kentucky Environmental Education Council will include the central office of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in the coordination of postsecondary education environmental activities.
HB 283 (Rep. Rick Nelson)
permits a local board of education which provides medical or dental insurance to district employees to pay all or part of the premiums for board member participation in the plan. It also permits board members to purchase premiums for participation of dependents in the plan.
HB 331 (Rep. Jim Glenn)
requires public postsecondary education institutions to provide entering students with educational materials related to the responsible use of credit cards and management of personal debt. It also requires the Council on Postsecondary Education to assist institutions in identifying appropriate curricula and materials related to credit personal finance.
HB 354w/HCS (Rep. Richard Henderson)
requires adoption of a school emergency plan and sets requirements for emergency drills. Districts must report annually to KDE and the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS). The bill deletes requirements to alert parents and guardians to be advised about lockdown procedures. The bill also requires local boards to review crime prevention designs when constructing or renovating a school building. Districts will also be mandated to provide law enforcement, fire, and medical personnel with copies of school emergency response plans and floor plans. All facility floor plans must have emergency identification numbers for windows and doors by 2015. Also, the bill would require KDE to develop protocols for student records within the student information system to provide schools with prior offenses. The bill also requires parents (and potentially therapists) to notify schools of students with mental or emotional conditions.
HR 22 (Rep. Mike Denham)
encourages each Kentucky school to have a safety assessment performed every five years by the Kentucky Center for School Safety.
The Budget Review Subcommittee met and heard a presentation from the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) on the current status of KSBIT.
The Senate Education Committee met and the following bills were heard and passed out of committee:
SB 56 (Sen. Carroll Gibson)
requires schools to retain all recordings of school activities for one week without editing, altering, or destroying recorded material, and to retain without alteration any recording of school activities that include or allegedly include an injury to a student or school employee for a minimum period of three months.
SB 61 (Sen. Mike Wilson)
establishes the option for early high school graduation beginning in the 2014-2015 school year and defines the curriculum requirements for early graduation and conditional admission into a Kentucky public two-year institution or four-year university. The bill establishes the Early Graduation Scholarship Certificate and fund to be administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). It sets out how the SEEK appropriation will be transferred to the scholarship fund to support early high school graduates.
SB 64 (Sen. Stan Humphries)
provides a Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship award amount for the fourth year of high school to students who graduate in three years.
SB 75 (Sen. Mike Wilson)
permits the commissioner of education to grant the equivalent of ten instructional days for school districts that have missed an average of 20 or more days in the previous three years and use alternative methods of instruction on days when the school district is closed for specific reasons. The bill also requires the KBE to promulgate administrative regulations for calculating average daily attendance for instructional time granted.
SB 216 (Sen. Dan Seum)
permits a parent or legal guardian to enroll for attendance a child in the school nearest to the child's home, except in cases in which there are academic or skill prerequisites for attendance in the school; provides that those residing the shortest travel distance to a school be given first priority in cases where the capacity of the school may be exceeded; and permits a child to attend a school other than the one closest to him/her with permission of the district.
If you have questions on any of the articles included in this edition of Fast Five, please contact me at the e-mail address or phone number found below.