Senator John Schickel: Senate Bill 1 is a victory for Kentucky students and parents
After eight years of effort, with the coming into force of Senate Bill 1, the voice in the operation of our schools has been returned to parents and residents of the communities that fund them.
This year’s Senate Bill 1, which I was proud to sponsor, returns important school governance issues, such as curriculum decisions and principal selection, to Kentuckians.
Superintendents, hired and fired by elected members of local school boards, will now have the power to make these decisions rather than a small group of individuals on site-based decision-making boards, entities relatively unknown to the public and not accountable to voters.
Through Senate Bill 1, which included action by my colleague and Senate Education Committee Chairman, Senator Max Wise, civics will be taught based on the historical records of our nation and state. , such as the constitution and other essential primary sources.
Contrary to complaints from critics, Senate Bill 1 does not restrict curriculum or classroom instruction, but lets elected school boards that represent their communities have the final say on these important issues.
Kentucky has historically ranked in the bottom third of all states in education.
Senate Bill 1 is a massive victory for children and families in Kentucky and will serve as an important course correction to this trend by returning authority to those you have elected. I was proud to advocate for the bill on behalf of Kentucky parents and taxpayers as we strive to provide every child with the opportunity to reach their greatest potential.
I want to thank everyone who supported and helped in this effort. A coalition of stakeholders have worked tirelessly for nearly a decade to make Senate Bill 1 possible, and the education system will be better for it.
Senator John Schickel represents the 11th district in northern and central Boone County.