Call to Order and Roll Call
The5th meeting of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue was held on<Day> Monday, November 25, 2013, at 10:00 AM, in Room 171 of the Capitol Annex. Senator Stan Humphries, Chair, called the meeting to order, and the secretary called the roll.
Members:Senator Stan Humphries, Co-Chair; Representative Arnold Simpson, Co-Chair; Senators David P. Givens, and Mike Wilson; Representatives Julie Raque Adams, Derrick Graham, Reginald Meeks, Jody Richards, and Rita Smart.
Guests: Dr. Terry Holliday, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education (KDE); Hiren Desai, Associate Commissioner, KDE; Dr. Robert King, President, Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE); Aaron Thompson, Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, CPE; Will Nash, Executive Director, Teach for America, Appalachia.
Kentucky Department of Education
Dr. Terry Holliday, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), and Mr. Hiren Desai, Associate Commissioner, KDE, presented an overview of KDE’s 2014-2016 biennial budget request.
In response to a question by Representative Graham, Mr. Desai said that the Kentucky School Board Association does a report at the beginning of the calendar year about school board members who have completed training and those who have not. Dr. Holliday said that superintendents are required to document that they have reviewed important information with each school board member to ensure the training had an impact in the district. Mr. Desai agreed to provide the subcommittee with school board member training hours and said that superintendents are not required to complete training every year.
In response to a question by Representative Miller, Dr. Holliday said that enrollment and projections for enrollment are monitored by KDE staff. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is in the process of doing a critical review of area and local tech centers. The SREB should have the report completed in December.
In response to a question by Rep. Richards, Dr. Holliday said that Kentucky is woefully behind other states in bandwidth capacity. A mobile device to each student would cost approximately $200 per device. To provide the students with the devices, the bandwidth capacity per student must be increased. Dr. Holliday said that 41 priority schools are under state supervision.
In response to a question by Senator Wilson, Mr. David Couch, KDE, said that, given the lifespan of mobile devices, the department is looking at built-in leasing options for instructional device replacements. The leasing option would give schools the capability to get the newest available model.
Council on Postsecondary Education
Dr. Robert King, President, Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), presented an overview of CPE’s 2014-2016 biennial budget request.
In response to a question by Chair Flood, President King said that CPE has been meeting with the state association of human resource directors to determine which baccalaureate degrees would be in highest demand in the workplace. Mr. Aaron Thompson said that CPE is working with Secretary Thomas Zawacki, although CPE will take a much more focused look on adults.
In response to a question by Representative Adams, President King said that the Workforce Development Match Program is similar to the Bucks for Brains program. KCTCS is now engaged in fundraising and looking to grow endowments to support scholarships and meet needs that cannot be met through state appropriations.
In response to a question by Representative Carney, CPE agreed to have the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) provide information regarding the budget requests for the College Access Program (CAP) and the Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG).
Teach for America, Appalachia
Mr. Will Nash, Executive Director, Teach for America, presented an overview of Teach for America’s history and highlighted key program data.
In response to a question by Representative Carney, Mr. Nash said that it is part of the Teach for America retention strategy to find teachers with ties to the area where they are teaching.
In response to a question by Representative Adams, Mr. Nash said that the school districts pay the teachers’ salaries. Teachers are not required to join the union.
In response to a question by Chair Flood, Mr. Nash said that Teach for America provides support and a level of professional development for their teachers. Teach for America has some capacity to provide professional development for its teacher colleagues, but it is on a more limited basis.
In response to a question by Senator Givens, Mr. Nash said that 90 percent of Teach for America is private funding and 10 percent is public funding. Districts pay a finder’s fee for each Teach for America teacher they hire.
In response to a question by Chair Humphries, Mr. Nash said that Teach for America is seeking a $1.2 million appropriation. The appropriation would allow Teach for America to expand to eleven new districts and allow for more intensive recruitment.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m.