Ahead of tomorrow's teacher shortage-focused House Education Committee meeting, I'm once again sharing this fact-check on how many teacher vacancies Kentucky *really* has.

It is 300 words. Read it. #kyga23

You don't need to wonder, "Oh, I wonder if the discrepancy is from xxxx" on Twitter.

You don't need to keep perpetuating incorrect information because you can't be bothered to click a link and digest information.

You can be better!

But I will take the time to explain the situation via Twitter thread because I know if I don't, y'all won't get it and reporters won't get it right (and will attributed my reporting to the GOP).

So this will be a thread. 🧵
Gov. Andy Beshear has repeatedly said Kentucky has 11,000 teacher vacancies this year.

If true, that would mean one-fourth of Kentucky classrooms are going uncovered.

One k-group rep I talked to said they hadn't heard of any district facing *that* big of a shortage.
When I asked Beshear's team where they got this figure, they said 10,816 jobs were posted on the Kentucky Educator Placement Service site for the 2021-22 year.

So the figure is not of active vacancies, but of collective job postings over a span of several months.
When I talked to KDE, they gave a similar figure — 10,888 postings — from April 2022 to mid-January 2023.

Again, those are collective postings and that includes many non-classroom based roles like assistant superintendents, interventionists, etc.
Obviously, historical postings do not equal current vacancies.

Obviously, the number of actual vacancies is far lower.

How much lower is hard to say. Hiring is a fluid concept and the best way to track it would be to talk to all 171 districts — something I don't have time for
Several folks have asked if Beshear's figure maybe includes all the roles filled by subs or emergency certifications.

His team said it was based on postings. Postings as a metric do not account for subs/emergency certs.

If he's using a different metric, he should say so.
That's all I think I've got for the evening. See y'all bright and relatively early from Frankfort for the House Education Committee. I'll be tweeting.

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Feb 9
Hello from Frankfort!

I might have gotten the last seat in the Senate Education Committee room.

SB 150 is the main item on the agenda. #kyga23 Image
This is an unusual view for me. Looking forward to making an appearance in the background of the KET feed! #kyga23 Image
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Feb 9
Senate Bill 150 is facing the Senate Education Committee at 11 a.m.

I’m already seeing some misinformation about the bill, so let’s run through what SB 150 does. #kyga23
It does NOT require teachers to out students to their parents if they start using different pronouns/name.

Especially true if an educator believes outing a kid would cause them to be abused or kicked out by their guardian.
It does not allow districts or KDE to require teachers to use a student’s pronouns or name if they don’t align with their biological sex.

It also does not bar teachers to *not* use new pronouns. Choice is left to the educator.
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Feb 9
Wise, when asked about a "specific reference of a furry," said "That's what I said, I didn't say the Commissioner said that."

(see next slide)
.@liamniemeyer: "What was that in reference to?"

Wise: "Have you ever heard of a furry?"

Liam: "Well, I mean, yes, I've heard of a furry."
Liam: "But in terms of what conversations or context within the Department of Education..."

Wise: "We're talking about distractions that are occurring within school walls. Looking at situations like that, that's what we're trying to target. Making sure our teachers can teach..."
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Feb 8
Meanwhile in the Senate, former Senate Education Chair Max Wise is the latest GOP lawmaker to go after Education Commissioner Jason Glass for defending KDE policy asking teachers to respect students' pronouns and names and to not out them.

I still have several photos of various Republican lawmakers hugging a teary Berg on the first day of session.

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Feb 8
Hello from day six of #KYGA23.

The Capitol complex is flooded with people — there was literally a line to get into the parking garage.

I have to stand two stories above the Capitol Rotunda for Children’s Advocacy Day where our queen @d_yetter is getting an award.
Worth noting EdChoice KY is having a presser for their “students first” constitutional amendment at the exact same time as Children’s Advocacy Day. #kyga23
Debby just got her award and this was my view! Image
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Feb 8
The new bills filed today are now online, so let's run through some of 'em!

As always, this will be a thread. #kyga23
First up, House Bill 173 -- the omnibus anti-"woke" education measure I reported on earlier.

It has 11 sponsors. #KYGA23

And House Bill 174, the constitutional amendment for public dollars for private schools. It has 17 sponsors. #KYGA23

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