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Makeup of Kentucky Board of Education, Professional Standards Board, others will change


By Brad Hughes and Madelynn Coldiron
Kentucky School Boards Association

Last Friday, Gov. Matt Bevin announced a series of reorganizations involving both policy making and advisory bodies related to K-12 and higher education, including the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) and the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB).

The governor’s executive order also establishes a charter school advisory council, which will review and advise on all charter issues coming before the KBE, EPSB, Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), Local Superintendents Advisory Council, the School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council (SCAAC), and the General Assembly’s Legislative Research Commission.

Gov. Matt Bevin

Here are some of the highlights of the executive order:

Kentucky Board of Education

Current membership of the KBE is unchanged until existing terms expire.

However, the governor will be appointing four “non-voting, non-members” to the KBE: one member of the Council on Postsecondary Education; one member of the EPSB; one member of SCAAC; and a member of the new Charter School Advisory Council OR a person meeting new criteria for future appointments to KBE. The new criteria require a KBE member to be a parent of a public school student, or a person with a minimum of five years’ experience in the field of education, or a person with at least five years’ business leadership experience.

The initial appointees will serve for a one-year period.

These “non-voting, non-members” of the KBE are entitled to be present at all meetings – including executive sessions – and are “to be fully heard and to participate in all topics of discussion.”

Future appointees to the KBE must meet the criteria noted above. Numerically, that breaks down to one parent; at least four individuals with the five years’ experience in education – including one who must have postsecondary ed faculty in her/his background; and at least four people with the minimum five years’ business leadership experience, including one with a background “as an entrepreneur who has employed ten or more workers.”

The commissioner of education will serve as executive secretary to the KBE, according to the executive order. However, KBE may now appoint its own staff member – an “administrative coordinator” – who will act as an “ombudsman” for the members of the state board.

Charter School Advisory Council

The governor has created a nine-member advisory body to the bodies noted above. Three appointees will also be KBE members, one appointee from SCAAC, a parent of a school-aged child, an attorney experienced in education law, a person with a business or finance background, and two people with education policy expertise. The governor will appoint a chair and vice chair.

Responsibilities of this council include:

• Reviewing and making recommendations to the KBE on all matters involving charter schools, including application criteria, performance monitoring, and revocations.
• Reviewing and making recommendations to KBE for final approval of charter applications.
• Recommending actions relating to appeals of charter applicants, renewals, nonrenewals and revocations.

The council is to be attached to the Kentucky Department of Education. The commissioner of education, upon request, is to assign designated staff to assist the council, including a designated staff liaison to the council.

Education Professional Standards Board

The existing 15-member EPSB is abolished and current board membership terms cease to exist. A new 15-member EPSB board will be appointed with the commissioner of education and the CPE president in ex officio voting capacities.

The governor will appoint the remaining 13 members, subject to Senate confirmation, from these sectors:

• An elementary teacher
• A middle school teacher
• A high school teacher
• A STEM fields teacher
• An arts and humanities teacher
• A special ed teacher
• A career tech teacher
• A principal or school administrator
• A school counselor or psychologist
• A public postsecondary institution faculty member
• A private postsecondary institution faculty member
• A “dual appointee” of SCAAC


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