KY: State Senate passes bill shifting key school governance decisions

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Kentucky Senate passed a top-priority bill Saturday to shift key school governance decisions to superintendents and away from school-based decision-making councils. The legislation would give local school superintendents the authority to choose curriculum — an increasingly contentious issue in some school districts across the country. Also under the bill, the selection of school principals would be put in the hands of superintendents. The measure cleared the Senate on a 25-9 vote and now goes to the House. The proposal’s designation as Senate Bill 1 signals that it’s a leading priority among Senate Republicans for the 2022 session. The GOP has supermajorities in both chambers. The bill’s critics worry that consolidating more authority with superintendents would weaken the influence of teachers and parents in school decision making.” (01/09/22)