As I suspected, House Bill 174 from Rep. Josh Calloway is a constitutional amendment that, if voters approve, would allow public dollars to follow the student to non-public schools. #KYGA23
But wait, there is more.

After learning about how a politicized education arena is pushing some teachers out of classrooms, Calloway filed HB 173: a measure best described as every culture war topic facing schools thrown into a pot. #KYGA23…
Under HB 173, teachers would be required to tell parents of their students request them to use new pronouns or names, or if a student starts dressing out of line of their expected gender expression. #kyga23

That directly contradicts current KDE guidance.…
Anything considered obscene or vulgar by a parent would seemingly be prohibited. (Such as the book Gender Queer)

Drag queens also banned!…
Mask requirements? Banned. Vaccination requirements? Banned.

Any well-being or health related surveys? Not without a parent’s permission.

Mental health sessions? Again, not without a parent’s consent for each and every session.…

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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.
Read 8 tweets
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..."
Read 5 tweets
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.

Read 10 tweets
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
Read 18 tweets
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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