Students in Superintendent Searches 

When Fayette County Public Schools began its search for a new Superintendent in 2014, our team realized no student voice was involved. Superintendent screening committees, an important part of the search process, did not permit students to be members. 

 

Members of our team proposed, wrote, lobbied for, and organized a bill, House Bill 236, which would mandate the inclusion of students on those screening committees, as well as the typical teachers, parents, and administrators currently required. It was picked up by Representative Derrick Graham and gained traction in the House, ultimately passing 88-5. 

 

Unfortunately, the bill stalled in the Senate, where two unrelated amendments about religious expression and transgender bathroom rights were tacked on by lawmakers. As passage became endangered, we held a rally at the Capitol to push for the original bill to become law. 

 

Though the bill didn’t pass, it started an important conversation about student voice and proved that students are more than capable of involvement in education discussions and governance.

 

Read Our Takes

November 10, 2014

Involve Students in Search for Fayette County Superintendent

Sahil Nair and Andrew Brennen

The news that Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton is resigning and that his last day on the job will be Dec. 12 took many of us students by surprise, as evidenced by abundant social media posts.

December 15, 2014

Request for Fayette County Public Schools to Endorse Efforts to Amend Laws to Add Student Representation

We are writing on behalf of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team and students across the district to formally request that the FCPS Board of Education endorse an effort to amend the laws relating to Superintendent Search Committees, Site-Based Decision Making Councils, and School Boards to include student representation.

December 16, 2014

Students Should Help Shape Kentucky Educational Policy

Susie Smith, Sahil Nair, Ross Boggess and Eliza Jane Schaeffer

Several weeks ago, members of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team called for students to be included in the search for Fayette County's next superintendent.

January 11, 2015

Include students in search

Gabrielle Price

I, along with other members of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, share columnist Richard Day’s Dec. 26 sentiments regarding the inclusion of students in the hiring of Fayette County’s next superintendent. As the school system’s chief constituents, we believe this is essential to the vision of a system that aspires to be “About Kids.”

February 8, 2015

Add Students to Superintendent Search Teams

Nicole Fielder, Eliza Jane Schaeffer and Susie Smith

When Fayette County Public Schools began looking for a new superintendent late last year, members of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team asked the school board to include a student representative on the screening committee. Although board members told us they would make every effort to include students in the superintendent selection process, they said the makeup of the committee was set by state law and did not include a student member.

March 2, 2015

Students Can be Part of Superintendent Search

Hiatt Allen

On Thursday, the Kentucky House passed House Bill 236 with a vote of 88 to 5. The bill, conceived by the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, amends KRS 160.352 to allow for an optional student representative on superintendent screening committees. In the course of building support, the Student Voice Team found that some legislators question whether students are capable of following confidentiality guidelines set forth by such committees. We take the concern seriously and have done our research to allay it.

March 24, 2015

Student Voice Team Statement on Failure of House Bill 236

Over the last few months, the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team has employed every civic tool at our disposal to build support for the idea of allowing school districts to add a student to their superintendent screening committees.

Read the News Coverage

Lexington Herald-Leader
December 11, 2014

Four selected to committee that will help choose Fayette County's next school superintendent

Lexington Herald-Leader
December 15, 2014

Coin toss decides the parent seat on Fayette County superintendent search committee

Lexington Herald-Leader
December 16, 2014

Time to update superintendent search process

Lexington Herald-Leader
December 26, 2014

Want student voice on search committee? Just do it

Lexington Herald-Leader
January 26, 2015

Fayette school board asks legislature to change law governing superintendent searches

The Washington Post
February 3, 2015

Kentucky students to state lawmakers: Our voices should matter

Kentucky New Era
February 4, 2015

Make room for student views in superintendent searches

WFPL
February 4, 2015

Should Kentucky Students Have a Say in Superintendent Selections?

Lexington Herald-Leader
February 23, 2015

Proposed legislation would allow students to join superintendent search committees

Lexington Herald-Leader
February 24, 2015

Students persuade House panel to give them a role in selecting school superintendents

Lexington Herald-Leader
March 5, 2015

Record-breaking snow strands thousands on Kentucky interstates; National Guard deployed

Lexington Herald-Leader
March 9, 2015

Proposal to let students help pick superintendents advances to Kentucky Senate

The Washington Post
March 10, 2015

Controversial riders threaten Kentucky student voice bill

Courier Journal
March 10, 2015

Transgender bill resurfaces with amendments

Lexington Herald-Leader
March 10, 2015

Republicans attach riders on transgender bathrooms, religious expression to schools bill

Courier Journal
March 10, 2015

Don’t gut good bill

Lexington Herald-Leader
March 11, 2015

Kentucky lawmakers approve school snow days bill in last-minute flurry of legislation

The Atlantic
March 12, 2015

Why Do American Students Have So Little Power?

Associated Press
March 12, 2015

Kentucky students get hard lesson in politics from lawmakers

Courier Journal
March 14, 2015

‘Politician’ as a four-letter word

Lexington Herald-Leader
March 17, 2015

Students plan rally in favor of bill threatened by two Republicans' unrelated amendments

Courier Journal
March 20, 2015

Unfinished business

Politico
March 20, 2015

Kentucky students take on senators

The Rachel Maddow Show
March 23, 2015

The Kids Are Alright (The adults are a mess)

Lexington Herald-Leader
March 23, 2015

Students rally for stalled bill that would give them voice in superintendent selections

Lexington Herald-Leader
March 24, 2015

Kentucky lawmakers send Beshear a torrent of legislation before adjourning at 3:20 a.m.

The State Journal
March 24, 2015

Kentucky students rally to save bill that gives students a voice in choosing superintendents

The State Journal
March 25, 2015

Rep. Derrick Graham follows wishes of students: bill dies with amendment

Courier Journal
March 26, 2015

Unfinished business

The Rachel Maddow Show
March 27, 2015

Update: The Kids Are Alright (The adults are a mess)

The State Journal
March 30, 2015

Ups, downs of the 2015 session

The State Journal
May 24, 2015

Student bill looks to be dead to Graham

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