Senate Bill 138

Actions | Amendments
Last Action 03/25/22: floor amendments (4), (5) and (6-title) filed
Title AN ACT relating to student instruction.
Bill Documents Current/Final
Introduced
Bill Request Number 70
Sponsors M. Wise, R. Mills, D. Carroll, D. Thayer
Summary of Original Version Amend KRS 158.183 to require a public school shall provide instruction that is consistent with designated concepts related to race, sex, and religion; provide that nothing in the bill shall be construed to restrict impartial historical instruction; amend KRS 158.195 to require designated core American documents to be embedded across middle and high school curricula; require the Kentucky Board of Education to incorporate the designated core American documents and speech into the grade-level appropriate social studies academic standards by July 1, 2023; provide that this revision of the social studies academic standards shall not delay or otherwise impact the existing schedule for reviewing and amending academic standards as set forth in KRS 158.6453(2); amend KRS 161.164 to prohibit an employee of a local school district or public charter school from being compelled to discuss current events or controversial topics; provide that an employee that chooses to discuss current events or controversial topics shall explore such topics from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to a specific perspective; provide that a public school employee cannot require a student to participate in designated political or policy advocacy; provide that a public school employee shall not be required to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that presents any form of race or sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of race or sex; provide that the Act be cited as Teaching American Principles Act.
Index Headings of Original Version Education, Elementary and Secondary - Public education, required instruction, concepts related to race and sex
Teachers - Instruction, current events and controversial topics. requirements and restrictions
Children and Minors - Public education, required instruction, concepts related to race and sex
Short Titles and Popular Names - Teaching American Principles Act
Jump to Proposed Amendments Senate Committee Substitute 1
House Floor Amendment 1
House Floor Amendment 2
House Floor Amendment 3
House Floor Amendment 4
House Floor Amendment 5
House Floor Amendment 6
Votes Vote History

Actions

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02/03/22
  • introduced in Senate
  • to Committee on Committees (S)
02/07/22
  • to Education (S)
02/17/22
  • reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)
02/18/22
  • 2nd reading, to Rules
02/22/22
  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 24, 2022
02/24/22
  • 3rd reading, passed 28-8 with Committee Substitute (1)
02/25/22
  • received in House
  • to Committee on Committees (H)
03/11/22
  • to Education (H)
03/18/22
  • taken from Education (H)
  • 1st reading
  • returned to Education (H)
03/21/22
  • taken from Education (H)
  • 2nd reading
  • returned to Education (H)
  • floor amendments (1), (2-title) and (3) filed
03/22/22
  • reported favorably, to Rules
03/23/22
  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, March 24, 2022
03/25/22
  • floor amendments (4), (5) and (6-title) filed

Proposed Amendments

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Amendment Senate Committee Substitute 1
Summary Delete all original provisions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require a public school to provide instruction that is consistent with designated concepts related to race, sex, and religion; provide that nothing in the bill shall be construed to restrict historical instruction; require designated core American documents be incorporated in middle and high school social studies academic standards by July 1, 2023; provide that this revision of the social studies academic standards shall not delay or otherwise impact the existing schedule for reviewing and amending academic standards as set forth in KRS 158.6453(2); amend KRS 161.164 to provide that classroom instruction on current, controversial topics shall be age-appropriate, relevant, objective, and nondiscriminatory; provide that a public school employee cannot require or incentivize a student to participate in designated political or policy advocacy; provide that a public school employee shall not be required to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that coerces the employee to engage in stereotyping; amend KRS 158.6453 to provide that academic standards shall be consistent with Section 1 of the Act; provide that the Act be cited as the "Teaching American Principles Act."
Index Headings Education, Elementary and Secondary - Public education, controversial topics and current events, requirements, restrictions
Teachers - Public education, controversial topics and current events, requirements, restrictions
Children and Minors - Public education, controversial topics and current events, requirements, restrictions

Amendment House Floor Amendment 1
Sponsor M. Lockett
Summary Delete all provisions except the short title; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to direct that no school shall offer any classroom instruction, discussion, or instructional materials that promote bigotry, revisionist history, or critical social justice; provide that nothing in the section shall be interpreted to prohibit academic instruction on the historical existence of bigotry or revisionist views of history or to regulate the conduct or speech of students; provide that a teacher who chooses to discuss a current topic shall strive to explore the topic from diverse and contending perspectives; prohibit schools from awarding credit for designated political activities; prohibit schools from accepting private funds for curriculum development or choice of curricula or trainings; set forth the administrative procedures for specific violations; create a cause of action for students and parents that have exhausted the administrative remedies; waive civil immunity; provide for rewarding of costs and fees when a plaintiff is successful; provide that the Attorney General may bring an action to enforce this Act; require specific written notice of administrative and legal rights to students and parents; amend KRS 160.345 to change how curriculum is adopted; require curriculum adopted to be accessible to parents and guardians of students through the school Web site; amend KRS 7.410 to require the Office of Education Accountability to conduct an annual digital survey of transparency and compliance and report designated findings to the specified legislative and executive entities; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to designate mandatory historical topics; provide that the Act shall be severable; EMERGENCY.
Index Headings Education, Elementary and Secondary - Public education, instruction related to race, sex, and religion
Effective Dates, Emergency - Public education, instruction related to race, sex, and religion
Children and Minors - Public education, instruction, concepts related to race, sex, and religion
Piggybacked Bills - HB 487 to SB 138

Amendment House Floor Amendment 2
Sponsor M. Lockett
Summary Make title amendment.
Index Headings Title Amendments - SB 138/GA

Amendment House Floor Amendment 3
Piggyback? Yes
Sponsor J. Calloway
Summary Retain original provisions; amend KRS 531.070 to remove the educational justification from the exemption of criminal prosecution for pornography.
Index Headings Crimes and Punishments - Pornography, removal of education justification for exemption
Criminal Procedure - Pornography, removal of education justification for exemption
Piggybacked Bills - SB 211 to SB 138

Amendment House Floor Amendment 4
Sponsor M. Lockett
Summary Delete all provisions except the short title; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to direct that no school shall offer any classroom instruction, discussion, or instructional materials that promote bigotry, revisionist history, or critical social justice; provide that nothing in the section shall be interpreted to prohibit academic instruction on the historical existence of bigotry or revisionist views of history or to regulate the conduct or speech of students; provide that a teacher who chooses to discuss a current topic shall strive to explore the topic from diverse and contending perspectives; prohibit schools from awarding credit for designated political activities; prohibit schools from accepting private funds for curriculum development or choice of curricula or trainings; set forth the administrative procedures for specific violations; create a cause of action for students and parents that have exhausted the administrative remedies; waive civil immunity; provide for rewarding of costs and fees when a plaintiff is successful; provide that the Attorney General may bring an action to enforce this Act; require specific written notice of administrative and legal rights to students and parents; amend KRS 160.345 to change how curriculum is adopted; require curriculum adopted to be accessible to parents and guardians of students through the school Web site; amend KRS 7.410 to require the Office of Education Accountability to conduct an annual digital survey of transparency and compliance and report designated findings to the specified legislative and executive entities; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to designate mandatory historical topics, include the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Susan B. Anthony, the National American Women’s Suffrage Association, and the study and writings of Shirley Chisholm; provide that the Act shall be severable; EMERGENCY.
Index Headings Education, Elementary and Secondary - Public education, instruction related to race, sex, and religion
Effective Dates, Emergency - Public education, instruction related to race, sex, and religion
Piggybacked Bills - HB 487 to SB 138
Children and Minors - Public education, instruction, concepts related to race, sex, and religion

Amendment House Floor Amendment 5
Sponsor L. Bechler
Summary Retain original provisions; amend KRS 199.896 to provide that the license or certification of a child-care center shall not be refused or revoked for refusing to require facial coverings; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to permit parents to opt out of any school medical devise or treatment requirement that is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to prohibit a public postsecondary education institution from imposing a medical devise or treatment requirement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; establish exceptions; EMERGENCY.
Index Headings Diseases - COVID-19 precautions, child-care facilities and public schools, prohibition of requirements
Education, Elementary and Secondary - COVID-19 precautions, public schools, parent opt-out
Education, Higher - COVID-19 precautions, prohibition of requirements, exceptions
Health and Medical Services - COVID-19 precautions, educational settings, prohibition of requirements, exceptions
Public Authorities - Facial coverings, child-care facilities, prohibition of requirement
State Agencies - COVID-19 precautions, public schools, parent opt-out
State Agencies - Facial coverings, child-care facilities, prohibition of requirement
Universities and Colleges - COVID-19 precautions, prohibition of requirements, exceptions
Children and Minors - COVID-19 precautions, public schools, parent opt-out
Children and Minors - Facial coverings, child-care facilities, prohibition of requirement
Effective Dates, Emergency - COVID-19 precautions, prohibition, exceptions

Amendment House Floor Amendment 6
Sponsor L. Bechler
Summary Make title amendment.
Index Headings Title Amendments - SB 138/GA

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