House passes bill to require essential skills curriculum for students


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The Kentucky House passed legislation requiring schools to provide essential skills curriculum to students.


HB 3 is sponsored by Majority Leader Johnathan Shell, R-Lancaster, who on Monday said the bill is an outgrowth of more than two years of work.

“The end game is that when a student graduates, they can go to an employer and say they have essential skills,” he said. “I think that’s something we want all of our children to have.”

An amendment, sponsored by education Committee Chairman John “Bam” Carney, R-Campbellsville, would add successful completion of advanced placement, Cambridge Advanced International and International Baccalaureate to the list of essential skills indicators and require schools to verify work-based learning, service learning, community service and extracurricular activities.

Another amendment, by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, would ensure the Council on Essential Skills would have a demographic make-up reflecting that of the state, including minorities and members from urban, suburban and rural areas.

Both amendments were backed by Shell and both were adopted.  The final vote on the bill was 91-0.

The House also approved, 83-4, a bill sponsored by Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect.  HB 259 would make permanent an exemption to the state pari-mutuel wagering tax during Breeders Cup races held in Kentucky.  

Members also passed HB 241 by an 82-10 vote. It would waive ASTM fuel standards during an emergency that disrupts the state’s motor fuel supply.  While the original bill from Rep. Jim DuPlessis, R-Elizabethtown, would have the governor or his designee issue the waiver, he changed it so the Commissioner of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet would make the call.

All three bills move to the Senate.   



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