LEXINGTON, KY – SB 1 passed this morning 25-9 in the Kentucky State Senate and now heads to the House. The bill returns control of schools back to local school boards and makes site-based decision making councils into advisory bodies.
“The passage of Senate Bill 1 is a return of the control of our local schools to parents and taxpayers,” said Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst with The Family Foundation in Kentucky. “This bill returns more control to elected school boards which are directly accountable to parents and taxpayers. Site-based councils took power away from parents and taxpayers and gave the power to site-based councils where parents were a minority and teachers–and therefore teachers unions–held effective power. We are thankful for the Senate passing SB 1 and for Senator Schickel’s leadership on this important education issue.“
Site-based councils were the creation of the unpopular Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 (KERA), most of which was fortunately and understandably abandoned. Kentucky is the only state that has site-based councils. The Family Foundation has supported the return of power to elected boards since it was taken away in 1990.
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