In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
- Need to Submit Intent to Adopt Form on Teacher/Leader Evaluation by March 29
Clarification on Sequestration (Attachments)
- sing Race to the Top Funds for Teachscape Costs
- My Lync Sessions with Superintendents Delayed
- My Blog This Week: Follow-up to KSBA Speech on Improving Local Board Training and Superintendent Evaluation
- Additional Edit Made to “Important Due Dates for Superintendents” Document
- Professional Development from the Southern Regional Education Board Available this Summer (Attachment)
- Summary of Responses to Interactive Poll from the Feb. 26 Superintendents’ Webcast (Attachments)
- Legislative Update
Fast Five on Friday
(Nine this Week)
Need to Submit Intent to Adopt Form on Teacher/Leader Evaluation by March 29 - To ensure districts are prepared to submit their final teacher and leader evaluation plans by the December 2013 deadline, you are asked to complete the District Declaration of Intent to Adopt form found on the web collector at the link listed below. The form asks that districts select their intent to adopt the state-developed professional growth and effectiveness system or a locally-developed system that meets the ESEA waiver requirements. This form shall be submitted to the KDE, after consultation and approval from the district’s local evaluation committee, no later than March 29, 2013.
Clarification on Sequestration
– It looks pretty certain that sequestration will happen. Attached
are two charts and we received from US Department of Education showing cuts to IDEA
and Title I
for Kentucky. As soon as possible, we will provide LEA level cuts. The complexity of the federal fiscal year and the school district fiscal year are a challenge to all superintendents and finance officers.
As I shared in this week’s superintendents’ webcast, the sequestration is 5% for federal fiscal year 2013 since there are only 7 months (March – September); however, should the sequestration continue for federal fiscal year 2014, then we will see a projected 9% reduction. Your challenge is to budget for your fiscal year 2014, which is the 2013-14 school year. You have to make staffing decisions in the next few weeks that are dependent on the federal budgets. We will stay close to this issue as it develops; however, it would be a conservative choice to plan for a 9% reduction in federal funds for school year 2013-14. You can always adjust later if you receive more funds, but, it is difficult to reduce programs in the middle of a school year.
Using Race to the Top Funds for Teachscape Costs - Many of you have been asking about amending your Race to the Top Scope of Work to cover the costs of the Teachscape proficiency certification process. A decision has been made that this will be an allowable expenditure of your Race to the Top Funds since this process can be linked to the EDS module of CIITS. Please remember, however, that each of the participating Race to the Top districts signed assurances that they would effectively implement the EDS module of CIITS and agreed to performance measures for EDS. We recommend you budget carefully as to not be caught without funds for the EDS implementation, especially during the full roll-out year in 2014-2015.
My Lync Sessions with Superintendents Delayed – I had every intention of starting the face-to-face conversations with superintendents by co-op region in February. However due to my voice issue, I am delaying this until I can see the specialist in late March. After that, hopefully, we can get a schedule for these sessions sent out to you and get them started. Thank you for your patience on the delay.
Additional Edit Made to “Important Due Dates for Superintendents” Document
– One additional edit has been made to the “Important Due Dates for Superintendents” document that is on the KDE website. The Minority Report (KEPS/MERR) is now due on August 1, not October 1. Access to the report is available at all times, via KEPS. This item is now located on page 4 of the document at the following link: http://education.ky.gov/CommOfEd/Pages/default.aspx
. Go down to the bottom of the page to access the link to the actual document.
Professional Development from the Southern Regional Education Board Available this Summer
is a joint letter from Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President of SREB, and me letting you know about some terrific professional development opportunities that are occurring this summer. I hope you will take a close look at this.
Summary of Responses to Interactive Poll from the Feb. 26 Superintendents’ Webcast
– On Tuesday, we held the monthly superintendents’ webcast and had several questions for superintendents to respond to in the interactive poll on PGES, restraint and seclusion, waivers used by school districts, CDIP and CSIP planning calendar and legislative update. The results of the poll are attached
Additionally, the PowerPoint used during the webcast is attached
Legislative Update – Below is the summary of this week’s activities (Feb. 25 – March 1) in the General Assembly:
Friday, March 1 marks the 22nd day of a 30-day legislative session.
The House Education Committee met twice this week and the following bills were heard and passed out of committee.
HB 254 (Rep. Ryan Quarles)
establishes a board of Student Body Presidents to include the student body president of each 4-year public university, the 2 student regents to be designated by the Board of Regents of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and 1 student body president representing the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities.
HB 304 (Rep. Jody Richards)
increases to five the number of companies from which boards of regents of postsecondary education institutions may select to offer optional employee retirement plans.
HB 357 (Rep. Keith Hall)
provides that when ineligible students are permitted to play interscholastic athletics due to a restraining order or injunction and the order or injunction is vacated, stayed, reversed, or ruled unjustified, then the school attended by the student may be subject to penalties. The bill will require any court action challenging an athletic eligibility ruling by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association to be filed in Franklin Circuit Court.
HB 411/HCS (Rep. Carl Rollins)
is the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System cleanup bill.
HR 24 (Rep. C.B. Embry)
encourages KDE to include a course devoted to the teaching of United States history from the War of Independence to present day within the required social studies curriculum.
HR 25 (Rep. C.B. Embry)
encourages the KBE to require financial literacy courses in every school.
HCR 76/HCS (Rep. Richard Henderson)
directs the Legislative Research Commission to establish a task force to study school and student safety.
The Senate Education Committee met twice this week and the following bills were heard and passed out of committee.
SB 176/SCS (Sen. Mike Wilson)
permits a local board of education to designate a persistently low-achieving school as a charter school and solicit applications for a governing board.
HB 45 (Rep. Carl Rollins)
defines a comprehensive transition and postsecondary program and provides grants and Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarships to students enrolled in a comprehensive transition and postsecondary program.
HB 49 (Rep. Mike Denham)
allows the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation to establish an administrative garnishment process for the collection of defaulted educational loans.
HB 180/SCS (Rep. Carl Rollins)
requires the KBE to establish a statewide system of evaluation for all certified personnel.
HB 182/SCS (Rep. Carl Rollins)
allows, under certain conditions, SEEK funding to be distributed to schools who employ teachers who reside outside the district boundary but whose children attend the district in which the teacher is employed. The bill allows tuition fees to be waived for a nonresident pupil who attends a district in which a parent of the pupil is employed.
HB 207 (Rep. Wilson Stone)
confirms Executive Order 2012-737 and places the Office of Career and Technical Education and the Kentucky Technical Education Personnel Board from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet to the Department of Education.
HCR 13 (Rep. Carl Rollins)
establishes a task force to study issues related to postsecondary education appropriations and student financial aid.
The following board appointments/reappointments were confirmed and passed out of committee:
SR 147 (Sen. Robert Stivers)
confirms the reappointment of Michael Mark Wasicsko to the Education Professional Standards Board.
SR 148 (Sen. Dan Seum)
confirms the reappointment of Barbara Ann Boyd to the Education Professional Standards Board.
SR 149 (Sen. Robert Stivers)
confirms the reappointment of Sandy Sinclair-Curry to the Education Professional Standards Board.
SR 150 (Sen. Robert Stivers)
confirms the reappointment of Cassandra A. Webb to the Education Professional Standards Board.
SR 151 (Sen. Katie Stine)
confirms the reappointment of Ronald Anthony Strong to the Education Professional Standards Board.
SR 152 (Sen. Robert Stivers)
confirms the appointment of Michael H. Ross to the Education Professional Standards Board.
SR 156 (Sen. Dan Seum)
confirms the appointment of Thomas Kennedy Helm, III to the Council on Postsecondary Education.
SR 157 (Sen. Robert Stivers)
confirms the appointment of Carolyn Ridley to the Council on Postsecondary Education.
SR 158 (Sen. Ernie Harris)
confirms the appointment of Sherrill Brakmeier Zimmerman to the Council on Postsecondary Education.
SR 159 (Sen. Chris McDaniel)
confirms the appointment of Arnold Taylor to the Council on Postsecondary Education.
SR 167 (Sen. Damon Thayer)
confirms the gubernatorial appointment of Edward M. Bourne, Jr. to the Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.
(Sen. Dan Seum) confirms the gubernatorial reappointment of Eugene Jeffrey Mosley to the Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.
SR 169 (Sen. Robert Stivers)
confirms the appointment of Nawanna B. Privett to the Kentucky Board of Education.
SR 170 (Sen. Chris McDaniel)
confirms the appointment of Leo Calderon to the Kentucky Board of Education.
SR 171 (Sen. Katie Stine)
confirms the reappointment of Brigitte B. Ramsey to the Kentucky Board of Education.
SR 172 (Sen. Julie Denton)
confirms the reappointment of David K. Karem to the Kentucky Board of Education.
One item on the House A&R committee’s agenda related to the use of epi-pens in schools. The bill passed out of the House Education Committee and was reassigned to House A&R.
HB 172/HCS (Rep. Addia Wuchner
) requires schools to have written emergency anaphylactic reaction response plan and to keep an epinephrine auto-injector in a minimum of 2 locations in the school. The bill exempts the authorized person from civil liability for administering or assisting with the administration of epinephrine. The bill requires schools to have epinephrine injectors for the 2013-2014 school year and subsequent years if the injectors are donated or funding is available.
Agendas have not been released for either education committee.
If you have any questions, please contact legislative liaison, Tracy Goff Herman, at email@example.com
or at (502) 564-4474 ext. 4815.
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.