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Kentucky Teacher: Summary of new legislation passed by General Assembly; most in effect June 27

By Jennifer Fraker
 Kentucky Teacher Local school boards and districts will see changes as a result of legislation passed during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2019 Regular Session, which came to a close on March 28. The most notable changes includes those in Senate Bill 1, Senate Bill 8, Senate Bill 175 and House Bill 11. Per OAG 19-005, bills go into effect on Thursday, June 27, 2019, which...

General Assembly comes to close, passing over 200 bills, including school safety, no-tobacco schools

The General Assembly’s 2019 session came to a close Thursday evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved a school safety measure considered a signature issue of the session.   When the final gavel fell on this year’s 30-day session, the school safety measure had already been effective law for a couple of weeks. Because the measure contained an emergency clause, it took effect as...

This Week at the State Capitol: Bills arrive on Bevin’s desk, including school safety; others advance

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2019 session passed a major milestone this week as bills passed by both the Senate and House began arriving on the governor’s desk to be signed into law. The first bill of the year delivered to Gov. Matt Bevin’s office was Senate Bill 4, a measure that would require candidates for public office in Kentucky to electronically file their campaign finance reports starting...

General Assembly turns focus to comprehensive school safety bill introduced in Senate Wednesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A comprehensive school safety bill was introduced Wednesday in the State Senate, which lawmakers have made the top priority of the General Assembly. Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, who chaired a 16-member House and Senate working group that travelled across the state to meet with all groups involved in the school safety issue over an eight-month period, is sponsor of the...

Letter to the Editor: Fayette Co. Public Schools safety plan paramount to student success, school safety

Commerce Lexington Inc. has held a longstanding belief that education and the success of our students go hand in hand with creating a vibrant city and healthy economy. Having a highly-educated and well-trained workforce is essential to attracting new business and retaining existing business and industry. As such, Commerce Lexington Inc. believes it is imperative to do what we can as a community to...

Joint legislative committee discusses schools safety, including arming teachers, metal detectors

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today School safety, a hot topic in the wake of recent shootings here in Kentucky and two weeks ago in Florida, was the topic of discussion during a presentation before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees.   The panel heard from William Modzeleski, a school safety consultant and former federal education official, along with Jon Akers, executive director...

Constance Alexander: How do you tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys?

In Nancy Willard’s poem, “Questions My Son Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Him,” the first unanswerable is, “Do gorillas have birthdays?” Adults are used to responding to such complicated queries from kids. The best answers demand a leap of faith, mixing the mundane with the magical, in a show of clever deception. Why is the sky blue? Because blue is God’s favorite color. Where do babies...

Back to School: Some timely tips for drivers, parents as school buses return to the roads

As summer comes to a close and the leaves begin to turn, children across the country are packing up their backpacks and returning to school. And with the beginning of the fall semester, you may start to see that old familiar vehicle—the school bus—cruising the roads and highways again. Here are some tips for drivers who share the roads with school buses, as well as some easy lessons to teach your...

Keven Moore: Back to school means shopping, nostalgia, and — bam! — watch out for school buses

The dog days of summer have come to a close, families everywhere are in the mist of finishing up their back to school shopping and the first day of the school year have just been completed. As my youngest daughter Amanda drove off to her last year of her first day of school for her senior year at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High school, I became a bit nostalgic and sentimental feeling as I started my truck...

Bill Adkins: When it comes to preventing acts of violence, doing nothing is not the answer

What “logic” is there in a circumstance where a problem is recognized, one that delivers tragedy after tragedy, but then concludes that the U.S. constitution does not permit a solution?   No one respects the Second Amendment more than I do. Firearms – guns – are and have been an integral part of American history. From before the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, the Old...