The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has several requests for the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly that we believe will present a vision of a Big, Bold Future where every Kentuckian can thrive, contribute to, and benefit from our shared progress as a state. We ask that you click the links below to ask your legislator to support these requests.

By clicking on the “Urge your legislator” links below, you will be directed to our One Click Politics platform where you can enter your name and address to connect you with your local legislators via email. After you enter your contact information, you can then customize a pre-written message that urges your legislator to support the related education legislation. 

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The Kentucky General Assembly must increase per-child funding and reimbursement rates to support high-quality opportunities for eligible children, as well as dedicated funding to encourage partnerships between public preschool and private childcare. Additionally, funding is needed for increasing eligibility for child care assistance and public preschool to 200% of federal poverty level. Funding for HANDS, Kentucky’s evidence-based home visiting program to support families with more than one child until the age of 3, must also be continued.

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Ask the Kentucky Senate to support House Bill 320, which will dedicate $250 million to a broadband deployment fund. The pandemic has made it abundantly clear that all homes need internet access for work, learning, and health care. Kentucky is ranked 42nd in highspeed internet access in the U.S., which means we have much work to do to connect all households.

Closing the digital divide for students, families, and communities is paramount for Kentucky to truly embrace a big bold future of education excellence and economic opportunity. House Bill 320 puts us on that path to a big bold future, and we urge the Kentucky Senate to give serious consideration to passage of this critical legislation.

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A Prichard Committee’s task force report, “Teaching Matters Most,” reflects the need for systemic change and support for good teaching practice and professional learning that is practical, evidence-based and successful in improving student outcomes. These recommendations will require financial support at the state level to ensure their success.
Read our op-ed with Rep. James Tipton on HB 271
Read our op-ed with Sen. Stephen West on SB 115

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Tax credits for private school scholarships are no way to deliver on the promise of education as a public good – nor to deliver on a commitment to EQUITY.

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence opposes House Bill 563 due to long-standing concerns about scholarship tax credits. There is a substantial opportunity cost to enacting such policies when Kentucky already underinvests in the adequacy and equity of our public education system. To deliver the promise education excellence for every Kentuckian, the Commonwealth must instead reverse years of budget cuts and lost buying power.

See our blog for more details on scholarship tax credits and the Kentucky Center for Economic Policies analysis of HB 563.

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has five requests for the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly that we believe will present a vision of a Big, Bold Future where every Kentuckian can thrive, contribute to, and benefit from our shared progress as a state. Click to learn more.

2021 Legislative Tracker on Education

wdt_ID Bill Description Prichard Committee Position Sponsor Status Blogs & Resources
1 HB1 Provide relief to businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 state of emergency;, including:- guidelines for opening of businesses and schools- suspend interest on unpaid unemployment insurance contributions- provide guidelines for parental visitation B. Rowland 01/09/21: delivered to Governor; vetoed; veto overridden; 02/02/21 became law without Governor's signature
2 HB25 Delete the requirement that an eligible high school student and eligible postsecondary student not be a convicted felon for KEES eligibility purposes. K. Timoney 03/12/21: 2nd reading, to Rules (H)
3 HB64 Expand eligibility for preschool education programs to children who reside in households with an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. J. Raymond 01/05/21: to Committee on Committees (H)
4 HB65 Require all certified public school employees to complete high quality behavioral and mood disorder training annually. J. Raymond 01/05/21: to Committee on Committees (H)
5 HB90 Require inclusion of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test as a measurement of postsecondary readiness for the state accountability system. M. Koch 03/05/21: to Education (S)
6 HB106 Establish income eligibility requirements for the Child Care Assistance Program at 200% of FPL J. Raymond 01/05/21: to Committee on Committees (H)
7 HB134 Prohibit a person employed by a school district from using corporal physical discipline S. Riley 01/05/21: to Committee on Committees (H)
8 HB 149 Establish the Education Opportunity Account Program and accompanying tax credit. Oppose C. McCoy 02/04/21: to Appropriations & Revenue (H) posted in committee; rolled into HB 563 https://kypolicy.org/hb-563-diverts-public-school-dollars-to-unaccountable-private-entities https://www.prichardcommittee.org/library/will-scholarship-tax-credits-re-emerge-in-the-2019-session/
9 HB153 Add two career and technical education courses per year to the Dual Credit Scholarship and delete the dual credit provisions from the Work Ready Scholarship. J. Tipton 01/05/21: to Committee on Committees (H)
10 HB154 Require school councils or principals to adopt child abuse awareness and prevention instruction that is taught by a trained, certified teacher N. Tate 01/05/21: to Committee on Committees (H)
Bill Description Prichard Committee Position Sponsor Status Blogs & Resources