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HB 597 (BR 1478) - C. Rollins II, W. Stone

     AN ACT relating to public schools and declaring an emergency.
     Amend KRS 156.095 to define "professional development" and "professional learning," "professional learning team, and "school calendar"; describe the technical assistance role of the Kentucky Department of Education for professional development; change the name of "professional development coordinator" to "professional growth coordinator"; identify the areas that local boards of education shall address in their policies on professional development; identify additional professional learning experiences; delete requirement for the Department of Education to maintain an electronic bulletin board that lists professional development providers and programs; amend KRS 158.070 to define terms relating to the school year for students and teachers; specify the instructional year as not less than 1050 instructional hours and not less than 163 student attendance days; delete the requirement that teachers be provided four days in the school calendar for professional development; add language that professional learning shall take place during the instructional year when teachers are not supervising students or delivering instruction and on teacher professional days when students are not in attendance; permit flexible professional development options for a local board, but delete specific requirements for what must be in the flexible arrangement; delete language that defines what each local board must display in the school calendar; delete the specific language relating to a year-round school program; change the reference from "disaster" to "emergency"; direct the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations relating to use of student attendance days as a result of emergencies and procedures for seeking waivers to adopt innovative calendars or in the case of extreme hardships; reorder existing language; make changes to conform; EMERGENCY.

     Mar 2-introduced in House
     Mar 4-to Education (H)
     Mar 5-posted in committee

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