04RS HB645


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HB 645 (BR 2318) - R. Meeks

     AN ACT relating to equity in hiring in the public schools.
     Amend KRS 156.500 to require every board, commission, council, or other type of advisory or decision-making body created by state statute regarding public elementary and secondary education to regularly review data on participation of men, women, persons of different racial backgrounds, and persons of different socioeconomic circumstances in the programs for which that body is responsible; amend KRS 158.6455 to require that the scholastic audit review a school's planning in relation to the participation of men, women, persons of different racial backgrounds, and persons of different socioeconomic circumstances; amend KRS 160.345 to require a school council, prior to filling a vacancy, to review the current minority and gender composition of the personnel in the school to determine if there is adequate representation of the various groups; require the school council to adopt a policy establishing procedures for selection of a principal, including but not limited to meetings, timelines, interviews, review of written applications, review of references, and development of written criteria for selection; amend KRS 160.350 to require the local board and the superintendent's screening committee to receive training endorsed by the Department of Education when there is a vacancy in the position of the superintendent; require the board to establish written criteria to be used in selecting an applicant to be hired as superintendent; require the local board to adopt a plan for recruitment of applicants for superintendent, including minority applicants; and amend KRS 160.380 to define "district-level vacancy" and require the superintendent to establish written criteria to be used in selecting applicants to be hired in district-level vacancies; amend KRS 158.153 to conform.


     HFA (1, R. Meeks) - Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require that the Kentucky Department of Education and central office personnel in each school district be responsible for the collection, compilation, disaggregation, and distribution of data, except for data that is generated at the school level and not routinely transmitted to either the department or the central office; require that the data be provided to school councils in a usable form that does not increase the paperwork requirements of school-level personnel; make technical changes to conform.

     Feb 27-introduced in House
     Mar 1-to Education (H)
     Mar 4-posted in committee
     Mar 10-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Mar 11-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 12, 2004
     Mar 16-floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 17-3rd reading, passed 81-1 with floor amendment (1)
     Mar 18-received in Senate
     Mar 22-to Education (S)

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