98RS HB536


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HB 536 (BR 1712) - H. Moberly

     AN ACT relating to professional development.
     Amend KRS 156.095 to require that local professional development coordinators participate in an annual training program and specify areas that the training may include; require that the Kentucky Department of Education provide optional professional development programs for certified personnel in particular areas and permit classified staff and parents to participate; require that emphasis be given to professional development for teachers in gaining understanding of curriculum content; require that the Kentucky Department of Education assist districts and schools in the development of long-term school improvement plans that include professional development strategies to address curriculum content; require that priority be given to improving teachers' content understanding and teaching methods during the four (4) days allotted in the calendar for professional development although one (1) day may be used for mandated training by the state or federal law but only require those affected to attend the training; require the department to contract with an outside agency to complete an analysis of the status of the statewide professional development program and report publicly the findings and actions taken; amend KRS 158.070 to conform; and repeal KRS 156.0951 relating to consortia.


     HCS - Retain all of the original provisions; clarify in the role of professional development coordinators as providing information and, upon request by a school council or central office or school employees technical assistance and coordination activities; require that the Kentucky Department of Education provide a statewide program of professional development, but make the kinds of activities and services optional and based on need rather than mandate specific areas; require that the department utilize its regional service centers and collaborate with postsecondary education institutions, education cooperatives and consortia, professional education groups, and other agencies to make professional development more accessible.
     HFA (1, H. Moberly) - Delete the list of optional professional development programs that the Kentucky Department of Education may offer or facilitate; require the department to provide teachers with exposure to research-based instructional practices that promote academic achievement for students with different learning needs at the elementary, middle, and high schools, information about instructional materials, academic content, demonstration projects, and successful model programs including instructional uses of technology, and training in assessment strategies, including strategies to integrate writing portfolio entry development with content instruction; and make technical corrections to conform.
     SCA (1, D. Karem) - Permit a local board to approve a school's flexible professional development plan that permits teachers or other certified personnel to participate in professional development activities outside the regular school calendar or the regular school day and accumulate the credit toward the requirement of 4 days of professional development; and provide that credit may be accumulated in periods of time other than full day segments.
     SFA (2, K. Nelson) - WITHDRAWN
     SFA (3/Title, K. Nelson) - Make title amendment.

     Feb 6-introduced in House
     Feb 9-to Education (H)
     Mar 2-posted in committee
     Mar 11-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 12-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for March 13, 1998; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 16-3rd reading, passed 94-0 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 17-received in Senate
     Mar 18-to Education (S)
     Mar 25-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with committee amendment (1)
     Mar 26-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for March 27, 1998; floor amendments (2) and (3-title) filed
     Mar 27-taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day; floor amendments (2) and (3) withdrawn; returned to the Consent Orders of the Day; passed over and retained in the Orders of the Day
     Mar 30-3rd reading, passed 33-0 with committee amendment (1); received in House; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate amendment
     Apr 1-House concurred in Senate committee amendment (1); passed 88-0
     Apr 2-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Apr 14-signed by Governor

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