Kentucky superintendents, legislators meet to discuss education concerns

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Educational leaders from across the commonwealth joined legislators in Lexington Thursday to discuss the future of Kentucky’s schools.

Superintendents representing over 60 school districts came together in one room ready to ask questions and discuss educational issues with the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation Legislative Panel.

A few hot topics today were Kentucky Senate Bill 3 and Senate Bill 8 that were both passed last week and will go to the House for a vote soon. The bills would give more power to Kentucky’s superintendents when it comes to firing teachers and hiring principals.

Educational funding and the state’s troubled pension system were also discussed during the two hour session.

"It takes funding, and that's a big thing to grow our commonwealth. We have to invest in our kids and our school districts,” said Superintendent of Robertson County Schools Sanford Holbrook.

Some legislators in attendance said that the state’s General Assembly needs to tackle Kentucky’s ailing pension system before it can work on improving educational funding.

"We are really not going to be able to move forward significantly when it comes to education funding, transportation funding or any other issue until we address the pension system. Not only the pension system, but also the Medicaid issue,” said Senator Stephen West (R-27).