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School Safety Legislation Expected in 2013 Kentucky Legislature

Despite a short legislative session that’s expected to focus on pension reforms, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says lawmakers may consider some key education measures, too.

“I think you’re going to see a number of possible bills coming out following up from the Newtown incident.

Holliday says lawmakers may also be interested in increasing funding for Kentucky’s Center for School Safety, which saw dramatic cuts to its budget in 2009.

He also expects the General Assembly to take up legislation that would allow the education department to move forward with reforming its teacher evaluation system. The new system would likely measure teacher performance based partly on student test scores, which has been controversial among some in education.

The new system is required under education reforms passed in 2009 and dozens of school districts are currently piloting a model that may be used after a law is passed.

Currently, local school districts set their own evaluation systems.

Reports from public radio stations in Kentucky.
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