March 12, 2015

Statement on the Senate Adjourning Without Hearing House Bill 236

Upon the Senate adjourning late last night, they did not take up HB 236, our bill to allow school districts to choose to add a student to the superintendent screening process.

We are encouraged that our bill is still alive and still has a chance to be heard when the General Assembly reconvenes on March 23rd and 24th.  Our hope is to see it pass then without unfriendly amendments.

We are confident that the tweets, posts, texts and good old-fashioned letters and phone calls to legislators from our youth networks and adult allies made a difference!

Our plan in the week ahead is to let the senate know that we want our bill to be passed on its own merits.  In order for that to happen, we intend to keep the public pressure up to let it be known that childish political games are no match for civically-engaged students. In fighting for HB 236, we want to show the Commonwealth and the entire nation that #StudentVoiceMatters.

The Kentucky Student Voice Team is an independent, youth-led, statewide organization that supports students as research, policy, and advocacy partners to ensure Kentucky’s education system is as equitable, just, and as excellent as it can be. Until 2021, it was part of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, an independent, nonpartisan, citizen-led organization working to improve education in Kentucky—early childhood through postsecondary.