Kea News volume 50 issue 3 - March 2014
This issue includes stories about the 2014 "Let's TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching and Learning" conference in June and KEA's new training on the Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science. It also includes information about the 142nd annual KEA Delegate Assembly, which will take place April 2-4 in Louisville.
KEA cadre to offer training on Kentucky’s new Core Academic Standards for Science A new KEA cadre will conduct training for KEA district and local associations, schools and school districts on the Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science. The standards, which were adopted by the Kentucky Board of Education last June, are based on the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a consortium of 25 states, the National Science Teachers Association and other groups. The training is designed to help educators get comfortable with the new standards, and to equip them to advocate for necessary resources and appropriate implementation of the standards in their schools. Any KEA local or district association, school or school district may request the training by contacting a member of the cadre or the nearest KEA field office. KEA is able to offer the training free of charge because it is fully underwritten by a $45,000 grant from NEA to promote appropriate implementation of the standards. Twenty-one KEA members comprise the new science training cadre. They include elementary, middle and high school teachers from ten KEA district associations. Lisa Petrey-Kirk, Vice President of KEA and a member of the science standards training cadre, said, “Providing quality professional learning opportunities is what KEA is all about! As the preeminent voice for public education in Kentucky, it only makes sense that KEA would be first to offer quality professional learning, designed by teachers and led by teachers, around the new science standards.” Adoption of the new science standards is the latest in a series of reforms mandated by Senate Bill 1, which passed the Kentucky General Assembly in 2009. SB1 called for relevant, rigorous standards; aligned, meaningful assessments; highly effective teachers and school leadership; use of data to inform instructional policy; innovation; and school improvement. The law (codified as KRS 158.6453) specified, in part, that revisions to K-12 content standards should “result in fewer but more in-depth standards to facilitate mastery learning; communicate expectations more clearly and concisely to teachers, parents, students and citizens,” and “ensure that standards are aligned from elementary to high school to postsecondary education so that students can be successful at each education level.” Pennye Rogers, who is president of Todd County Education Association and teaches at Todd County Central High School, said she volunteered for the KEA training cadre because, “I feel strongly that all teachers should have access to quality training in order to understand and implement the new science standards.” She added, “Implementing the new standards will offer many opportunities for teachers to network with other teachers, within their own districts and across the state. Working together through the process of deconstructing the standards and vertical alignment, each teacher will see the importance of teaching the appropriate standards at the assigned grade level. If science content is missing at any grade level, it affects all grade levels after that. It truly is a collaborative process--each teacher really is valuable for scaffolded student learning.” Keri Meador, who teaches at Jefferson County’s Central High School Magnet Career Academy, volunteered for KEA’s training cadre because, “I wanted to deepen my knowledge of the NGSS language and implementation expectations, while taking on a leadership role in my school and district.” Please see ‘New KEA cadre’ on page 3 Second annual ‘Let’s TALK’ conference to be held June 16 - 17 in Louisville The second annual “Let’s TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching and Learning” conference will be held June 16 and 17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville. The conference is co-sponsored by KEA; the Kentucky Department of Education; the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence; and the Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky, with funding provided by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “Let’s TALK” is Kentucky’s only annual conference that is “primarily of teachers, by teachers and for teachers,” KEA President Stephanie Winkler said. “It is about putting classroom teachers at the center of instructional design.” Winkler added that “Let’s TALK” is a “one-of-a-kind chance for teachers and instructional assistants from across Kentucky to come together and share information about their classroom experiences; exchange ideas; and talk about what works best when it comes to student learning.” The conference is open to teachers and instructional The majority of the conference districts and some KEA locals assistants; instructional leaders attendees were teachers, brought groups of educators with teams of teachers or others teacher’s aides, paraprofessionals to Louisville for the event. who support teaching excellence; and instructional assistants. KEA’s Teaching Advocates postsecondary educators; Superintendents, policy-makers, Leading Kentucky (TALK) and pre-service teachers. KDE staff and guests from other committee, which includes Participants should expect states and education agencies 17 teacher members, created to gain practical strategies for also attended. Several school Please see ‘Registration’ on page 3 implementing the Kentucky Core Academic Standards in their classrooms, especially the newly-adopted science standards; learn to use CIITS and other technologies in their classrooms; gain a level of comfort with and appreciation for the new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System; and consider new leadership roles while remaining in the classroom. More than 300 Kentucky educators attended the inaugural “Let’s TALK” conference in 2013. Organizers selected 27 presentations from among the proposals submitted by Kentucky elementary, middle and high school classroom teachers. Sessions on National Board Certification were led by members More than 300 Kentucky educators attended the inaugural “Let’s TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching and Learning” conference in 2013. of KEA’s Jump Start team. 2 Answers to members’ questions about KEA Days of Learning, KTRS and the state budget This harsh winter has kept many of you out of school more than normal. The 2014 legislative session is also in full swing. For these reasons, there have been few opportunities for me to make many school visits. This has led to an increase in the number of questions I receive via emails, Facebook, Twitter and texts. I thought I might share some of those with you here. Stephanie Winkler KEA President listen to your concerns, so together we can turn those concerns into positive action for our members. Your elected leaders’ contact information can be found at www.kea.org. A member from Jefferson County asks: “Why was funding for KTRS not mentioned in the Governor’s budget proposal?” Please visit www.kea.org for resources related to KTRS. Here you will find a presentation on the state of KTRS from its Director, Gary Harbin, as well as a “white paper” on the funding issue from KEA. A member from Pike County asks: “Did the governor’s budget proposal include raises for classified employees, or is the three percent only for certified folks? Governor Beshear has proposed a three percent raise for all school employees, including classified staff. This raise would be divided over the two years of the budget: two percent in the first year, and one percent in the second. His budget also suggests increases for state workers outside of the public schools. A member from Perry County asks: “What does the state plan to do to help districts that have missed so many days due to inclement weather?” There are rules and regulations in place that answer this question. The result depends entirely on each district’s calendar. Please see the “KEA Fact Sheet” on this issue at www.kea.org. If school districts miss more than 20 days the legislature could step in. A member from Boyd County asks: “I heard from a colleague in another school district that KEA has been bringing members to Frankfort to meet with legislators. How can I do that?” Part of KEA’s Raise Your Hand campaign has been to have district associations fund Days of Learning for members interested in traveling to Frankfort to speak to legislators; learn about teaching and learning initiatives that KEA is involved in; and help spread our school funding message. If you are interested in this type of activism, please contact your KEA district president for more information or visit the Raise Your Hand information pages at www.kea.org and on Facebook. A member from Danville Independent asks: “What does NEA do for me? I pay dues, but I never know what’s going on in Washington!” NEA provides much of the funding for our UniServ program. This personal service is the greatest benefit we provide our members. Our parent organization also gives us and other state affiliate associations grant funding to support projects such as our state Common Core workshops, and our National Board certification programs. They also offer leadership trainings and extensive resources on many issues at www.nea.org. A good way to keep track of what is happening in Washington, DC, that directly affects you and your profession is to sign up for the NEA Insider publication. Sign up at http://capwiz.com/nea/mlm/signup/. Your two NEA directors also publish newsletters to help keep you informed of their work. These newsletters are archived at www.kea.org. A member from Graves County asks: “Why aren’t there more KESPA issues highlighted in KEA publications and/or programs?” KEA tries to address concerns of ALL members, including pre-service teachers, teachers, education support professionals, administrators, higher education faculty and staff and retired educators. If there are issues or topics you think need to be addressed more heavily or legislatively, please feel free to let your local president, district president, or KEA board member know. They want to Raise your hand for your students now Your state legislators really do want to hear from you I hope each of you is keeping your sanity during this very difficult winter. When I face difficulties, I sometimes remind myself that someone is always worse off than I am. While Kentucky’s legislators are not exactly worse off than school employees, they do face a host of issues in addition to coping with our bad weather. One issue legislators face is how to fund all the state’s needs – from teachers’ retirement to school funding Mary Ann Blankenship KEA Executive Director to mental and physical health for our most vulnerable citizens. The state simply does not realize enough money from our outdated tax system to meet our citizens’ needs and create the jobs we desperately need. I also know that, having lived in two other states in the last fifteen years, our taxes in Kentucky are lower than other states that provide better education and services for their citizens. While all of us like paying low taxes, we educators realize the high price that our citizens – especially our children – pay for those low taxes. My grandmother loved old sayings. She occasionally said a decision was “penny wise and pound foolish,” an English proverb. Our tax system is such a situation: Kentucky is penny wise by saving us a few dollars every year in reduced, antiquated taxes. But in the long run, we are pound (as in English currency) foolish by not having a tax system that provides our Commonwealth with revenue to thrive into the future. Governor Beshear has proposed a comprehensive system to modernize Kentucky’s tax system. I hope you have followed his proposal. It is an outgrowth of his two biggest priorities: funding our schools and funding the creation of jobs. I applaud his vision and courage in talking about taxes in these days when that’s almost a dirty word to some. I do not expect you to be an expert on tax policy. I am not and do not want to be one. But what I do know is that you are an expert on students and their needs. You are an expert on your own economic needs. No one knows better than you the need for increased school funding and improved economic support for school employees. Almost all school employees are taking home less in salary than they were five years ago. Most are spending more of their own money in their classrooms than they were five years ago. Working in public schools is hard enough without your own quality of life continuing to decline. Your choice of a profession should not mean that your own children may not be able to go to college and you may not be able to buy a house. Meanwhile, even with this sacrifice from you, your students are getting shortchanged. They don’t have the instructional materials and textbooks they need. They are in larger classes with fewer adults helping them. I hope it makes you mad to see how your students, your state, and you personally are suffering because of our state’s antiquated tax system. It certainly makes me mad. Don’t let your anger just spin in on itself. Take action – call your state representative and senator and tell them the true stories of their constituents, you, your students and their families. If you don’t know who your state representative and senator are, go to www.kea.org and click on the Raise Your Hand link. Never underestimate the power of a few vocal, knowledgeable constituents on lawmakers. They really do want to hear from you. March 2014 Volume 50 Issue No. 3 Kentucky Education Association 3 Raise your hands, KEA members No one sees the impact of school funding cuts on students and on their own pocketbooks more than KEA members. Whether it’s a lack of textbook funds, no professional development, creeping class sizes, or reduced take-home pay, every day you suffer from the state’s unwillingness to fund public schools adequately. Over the next few months, KEA members across the state will organize locally around school funding issues, to send the message clearly to the Kentucky General Assembly that “enough is enough.” We’re asking lawmakers, all educators, parents, and the community to “raise your hand” in support of public schools. More information is available at www.kea.org and on the “Raise Your Hand Kentucky” page on Facebook. Registration for 2014 ‘Let’s TALK’ opens in April Continued from page 1 content guidelines for “Let’s TALK” that were designed to “help elevate the teaching profession in the Commonwealth by bringing teachers’ voices to the forefront of these important, integrated education initiatives,” Winkler, the KEA president, said. KEA Assistant Executive Director Michelle Duke, who represents KEA on the inter-agency TALK planning team, said, “‘Let’s TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching and Learning’ Is a very exciting conference of, for and about teachers, with a focus of classroom teachers sharing their strategies for implementing the Kentucky Core Academic Standards and providing information about the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.” Michelle Cason, a Fayette County Education Association member who teaches social studies at Winburn Middle School in Lexington attended the inaugural “Let’s TALK” event last year. She said it was “one of the best I have ever been to in fifteen years of teaching.” Cason submitted a proposal to present at this year’s conference, she said, because she wants “to share with my peers and learn from my peers at their presentations. “This conference is important,” Cason said, “because it highlights that teachers can be leaders without having to leave the classroom.” For the 2014 “Let’s TALK” conference, there is a registration fee of $50. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their hotel accommodations. KEA members who attend the conference will receive assistance from KEA to help cover their costs. Online registration for “Let’s TALK” is expected to open in early April. More information will be posted as it becomes available at www.kea.org and on the “Let’s TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching” page on Facebook. New KEA cadre to conduct free training on Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science Continued from page 1 Meador said the most important thing teachers should know about the new standards is that they “were created by teachers, for teachers and are meant to enhance, not restrict your teaching freedom. They will open up many doors for collaboration between science and non-science teachers to create lessons that highlight cross-cutting concepts.” The KEA training, Meador said, “creates a platform for teacher communication and empowerment, which represents a more positive form of bottom-up professional development.” During the training, participants will work in groups as members of the cadre guide them through a sample standard. KEA Assistant Executive Director Michelle Duke, who is KEA NEWS coordinating the training program, said, “This is an exciting opportunity for KEA in that it has classroom teachers assisting their colleagues to understand, deconstruct and develop strategies for implementing the standards in their classrooms.” Rogers, a National Board certified teacher who also conducts KEA training and support programs for NBCT candidates, said, “KEA partners with lawmakers and education leaders to improve the quality of teaching and learning across the state. Therefore, it is not surprising that KEA is the first to offer free training to all teachers in the state. KEA is truly the preeminent voice for public education.” More information about the training, including the cadre roster, is available at www.kea.org. Volume 50, Issue 3 March 2014 Stephanie Winkler, President; Lisa Petrey-Kirk, Vice President; Mary Ann Blankenship, Executive Director; Charles Main, Editor Periodical postage paid at Louisville, Kentucky. KEA News is published five times a year, in September, November, March, May and July, by the Kentucky Education Association, 401 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601. Phone 800231-4532. KEA News is the official publi cation of KEA and reaches all KEA members. The annual subscription rate to members is $1.50, included in annual dues. The subscription rate to others is $5. ISSN 0164-3959 Postmaster: Send address changes to KEA News, 401 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601 KEA’s new cadre of trainers on the Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science met in Louisville the first weekend in February to complete their own training -- and to raise their hands for Kentucky’s public schools. March 2014 Volume 50 Issue No. 3 Kentucky Education Association Proposed amendments to the KEA constitution, bylaws and standing rules The KEA constitution, bylaws and standing rules may be amended only by vote of delegates to the association’s annual Delegate Assembly. The 142nd KEA Delegate Assembly will convene for the first of four business sessions at 7:00 pm (Eastern time) on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel. The final business session will end on Friday, April 4. Delegates to the 2014 Delegate Assembly will consider the proposed KEA budget for 2014-2015; approve a legislative agenda for KEA; elect a new NEA Director and KEA Ethnic Minority Director; and vote on four proposed amendments to the KEA constitution and one amendment to the KEA standing rules. In the text that follows, proposed new language for the constitution and standing rules is printed in bold, Italic type and underlined. Language that is to be deleted from the governance documents is struck through. 1. AMEND CONSTITUTION SECTION V, BYLAW 5-3(d) AS FOLLOWS: d. A member representing a district education association or an ethnic minority position shall serve no more than six (6) consecutive years except in the case where the member was originally elected to fill a partial unexpired term which had become vacant or was elected to fill a shortened term per Bylaw 5.1(d). In that either case, the member may serve no more than the unexpired or shortened term plus two consecutive complete terms. Rationale: To treat KEA board members initially elected to shortened terms per Bylaw 5.1(d) the same as KEA board members initially appointed or elected to complete an unexpired term. Submitted by: Compliance/Constitution Committee 2. AMEND KEA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE VI, SECTION B- 6.2(b)(2) AS FOLLOWS: 2. The Government Relations Committee shall: • recommend the Legislative Program to the Delegate Assembly; • influence and support the accomplishment of the Legislative Program goals and related issues; • facilitate Legislative Contact Team members’ legislative activity; • help facilitate activities in the Legislative Support goal area; • exert continued energy toward the pursuit of and continuation of negotiations with local boards of education; and • support crisis activity Rationale: KEA no longer officially uses “legislative contact teams.” This change will more accurately reflect the actual work of the committee. Submitted by: Government Relations Committee 3. AMEND KEA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III, SECTION 2(e) AS FOLLOWS: e. KEA-Retired members shall be represented by one voting delegate for each one hundred (100) 250 members or major fraction thereof in KEA-Retired. Rationale: EKEA affirms its past and continued support of continuous membership in KEA. However, with exceptional growth in the number of KEA-R members that now exceed 10,000, it is prudent to look at the effect of representation of KEA-R delegates apportioned to the KEA Delegate Assembly. Those numbers have, or soon will, exceed representation by Active members in some KEA districts. KEA-R continues to have strong participation at its retired Delegate Assembly immediately prior to the KEA Delegate Assembly where issues affecting them are professionally represented by their elected members to the KEA Delegate Assembly. Submitted by: EKEA Board of Directors 4. AMEND THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES AS FOLLOWS: Article II, B-2.1(j): j. Local association membership shall consist of those Active members who carry out their educational work of a professional nature members who carry out educational work of either a professional or a support nature. AND: B-8.2. Governance Affiliates. a. A local education association, the basic unit of self-governance within the Association, may be organized in a manner which comprises any compatible group of Active members who perform their work of an educational nature within the geographic boundaries of a local school system or institution of higher education or state career/ technical institution which meets at least the minimum standards for affiliation as may be set forth elsewhere in these Bylaws. Active members who are eligible for membership in an affiliated statewide local must be members of the statewide local and shall pay applicable dues, provided however that those members shall also be eligible to become members of their geographic local upon payment of local dues. Rationale: KCTEA members currently comprise a statewide local, with members at various work locations throughout the state. That statewide local will continue and all members employed at an area technology center will remain members of KCTEA. However, in addition to the geographic diversity of the KCTEA membership, some are employed by local public schools and some are employed by the Kentucky Department of Education. Those who are employed by a local public school are currently eligible for concurrent membership in their geographic KEA local and can enjoy the benefits of KEA fellowship at their work location; however, KCTEA members who happen to be employed by KDE are not eligible for concurrent membership. These changes will preserve KCTEA’s status as a statewide local but will also allow all KCTEA members the option to become members of their geographic local upon payment of appropriate local dues. Submitted by: KCTEA Board of Directors 4 within the boundaries of the school system in which the local association is located; or who carry out their educational support work within the boundaries of the school system in which the local association is located. Active members who are eligible for membership in an affiliated statewide local must be members of the statewide local and shall pay applicable dues, provided however that those members shall also be eligible to become members of their geographic local upon payment of local dues. Active members who have been discharged from the local school system shall remain members of the local association by payment of NEA, KEA and local association dues for as long as a legal challenge to such discharge is pending. Active members who are employed within one school system have the option of forming one local whose membership is made up of all Active Proposed amendment to the KEA standing rules 1. AMEND STANDING RULE IV(A) AS FOLLOWS: SR–IV. REPORTS. A. Each standing committee shall present an annual report in writing with copies made available to each member of the Assembly at which shall be published on the KEA website at least one week prior to the first business meeting of the Assembly. Rationale: The amendment will confirm current practice and will clarify that the required reports will be published online. Submitted by: Stephanie Winkler, President, and Lisa Petrey-Kirk, Vice President Follow the 142nd KEA Delegate Assembly Like the Kentucky Education Association on Facebook Kentucky Education Association March 2014 Volume 50 Issue No. 3 Statements of candidates for offices to be elected at DA All candidates who declared their intent to seek one of the offices to be elected at the 2014 KEA Delegate Assembly were invited to submit a photo and statement to be published in this issue of KEA News. 5 Schedule of the 142nd KEA Delegate Assembly Marriott Louisville Downtown Hotel Wednesday, April 2 (All registration and recess times are approximate.) For Ethnic Minority For NEA Director Director-at-Large 4:00 - 6:45 pm 7:00 pm 9:30 pm Registration First Business Recess Session Thursday, April 3 7:30 - 9:30 am Smith-Wilson Awards Breakfast, Program 9:00 - 9:45 am Registration 10:00 am Second Business Session 10:00 - 10:30 am Registration 11:30 am Recess Voting 11:45 am - 1:15 pm Mrs. Bedeau, as the Director of Tornado Alley YSC, helps to remove the non-academic barriers students and families face on a daily basis. As a part of the Family Resource Youth Services Center, Tornado Alley YSC addresses the needs of children and enhances students’ abilities to succeed in school. This is accomplished through program development and partnerships promoting academic achievement, physical well-being, graduation and successful transition into adult life. At Tornado Alley Youth Services Center, this means doing whatever can be done to help the students and families of Paducah Tilghman High School to succeed. Lakilia continues to play a major role in the furthering of minority involvement in professional associations and school related activities. She is a devoted member of Kentucky Education Association (KEA). She serves as the Vice Chair of the KEA Diversity Committee and is a member of the Kentucky Educational Support Professionals Association Board of Directors (KESPA). Other notable accomplishments include: KEA Fellow, NEA Leaders For Tomorrow Alumni, PESPA President-Elect, KEA New Professionals Caucus Member and she serves as the NAACP Back-to-School chair for the NAACP Education Committee in Paducah. Lakilia believes in the mission of KEA and lives by it day-to-day professionally and personally. She believes in empowering others by giving them the tools needed to be successful. Lakilia Bedeau Crystal Culp No stranger to walking a hard line, I have used my military experience and sixteen years of working with the toughest students in Western Kentucky to lead my local association through a stressful, yet successful year. With the loss of professional negotiations, a tumultuous consolidation, and a year that began in an “atmosphere of fear,” I was determined to shore up the faith that teachers in my district had in their local association and in KEA. Every school board meeting has included an address from me, openly asking tough questions and tackling issues of teacher pay, teacher time, and student success. Many were surprised by my public displays, and some feared the negative consequences that might come. The only consequences have been positive. For teachers in my district, morale is now high and membership is on the rise. As NEA Director, I will stand strong for public education, and leading my local this past year has been a testament to this. I hold my ground and wait for answers to hard questions. I show the strength and tenacity that is KEA. I am ready to represent Kentucky teachers at the national level, to make the most of those promise zones and federal grant monies. I am ready to create opportunities to have conversations with policymakers about issues that affect our classrooms, like proposed school discipline guidelines. I am ready to listen to you and advocate for Kentucky’s public schools. 1:30 pm Third Business Session 3:00 pm Recess Voting 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm 4:30 pm Third Business Session (continued) 6:00 pm Recess Friday, April 4 8:00 - 8:45 am Registration 9:00 am Fourth Business Session 1:00 p.m. (approx.) Adjourn For more information about the 142nd KEA Delegate Assembly go to www.kea. org and click on the “2014 KEA Delegate Assembly” tab. You also can find a link to information about delegate accommodations at the Marriott Louisville Downtown Hotel there. Scan this QR code with your smart phone to go directly to the Marriott Hotel site for KEA delegates. Edith Yarbrough Edith Yarbrough also is an announced candidate for the position of KEA Ethnic MInority Director-at-Large. March 2014 Volume 50 Kandie McDaniel Kandie McDaniel also is an announced candidate for the position of NEA Director. Issue No. 3 Kentucky Education Association 6 New assignment areas for KEA field staff Many KEA members began meeting and working with their new UniServ directors and associate field staff in January. The KEA Board of Directors approved new boundaries for field staff assignment areas last fall. Under the new assignment plan, field staff will represent, work with and support the efforts of all membersâ€”student, active certified, active ESP and retiredâ€”within their geographic areas. This map shows which Kentucky counties each of the 26 KEA UniServ Directors represents. When you have questions about KEA programs, activities or member benefits, or if you have a workplace issue that may require assistance from KEA, call the number listed for your UniServ Director. Nominations open for student delegates to 2014 NEA RA and Student Leadership Conference in Denver, Colorado The KEA Student Program will hold an election in April to choose its voting delegates to the 2014 NEA Representative Assembly to be held July 1 to July 6 in Denver, CO. Elected delegates also will attend the NEA Student Leadership Conference June 29 - July 1, which is also in Denver. The number of delegates elected will be based on KEA SP membership as certified by NEA on March 15, 2014. Any member of the KEA Student Program who wishes to represent Kentucky as a delegate to the Representative Assembly and Student Leadership Conference must complete and submit the official nomination form to KEA Headquarters by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, April 18, 2014. The form is available at www.kea.org. The election will be conducted online, at www.kea.org, beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, April 25 and ending at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2. The results of the election will be unlocked and posted on the KEA website on Monday, May 5. For more information, or to get a paper copy of the form, send an e-mail message to KEA Programs Associate Jeanine Scott ( jeanine. firstname.lastname@example.org) or to State Student Organizer Rosalind Bryant (email@example.com). Kentucky Education Association March 2014 Volume 50 Issue No. 3 7 March 2014 Volume 50 Issue No. 3 Kentucky Education Association Periodical Mail-Time Sensitive 401 Capital Avenue www. KEA .org Kentucky Education Association March 2014 House Committee on Education approves ‘teacher time bill’ KEA member Lois Bunch (left) who teaches at North Pointe Elementary School in Boone County, testified February 18 before the Standing Committee on Education of the Kentucky House of Representatives, in favor of House Bill 202, the “teacher time bill” which KEA supports. Next to Bunch at the witness table is State Rep. Rita Smart (D-Richmond) the bill’s sponsor. Jennifer Hawkins (right), a preschool teacher from Warren County’s Cumberland Trace Elementary, also testified in favor of HB 202. The committee voted 20-1 to approve the measure and send it to the full House. Volume 50 Issue 3 Frankfort, KY 40601 www.KEA.org Kentucky Education Association Address service requested