School - Based Decision Making

School-Based Decision Making

Published: 3/17/2023 12:38 PM

In the 1990 legislative session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed HB 940, which is best known as the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA). Essentially, this piece of legislation changed the face of education in Kentucky. One drastic change that came along with KERA was KRS 1​60.345​​, which outlined school-based decision making councils.

Membership of each council includes parents, teachers, and an administrator of the school and school councils promote shared leadership among those who are closest to the students. School councils have the responsibility to set school policy and make decisions outlined in statute, which should provide an environment to enhance student achievement. The policies should assist in meeting the goals established in KRS 158.645 and KRS 158.6451.

Statutes and Regulations

School-Based Decision Making

KRS 160.345​ School-based Decision Making

701 KAR 5:100​ School-based Decision Making Guidelines

KRS 160.347 Removal of Council Member

KRS 160.348 SBDM Policy - Advanced Placement Options/KVHS

Staffing Allocations/Personnel

KRS 157.360 Base Funding Level/Maximum Class Size

KRS 158.060 Non-Teaching Time for Teachers

KRS 158.102 Employment of School Media Librarian

702 KAR 3:246 School Council Allocation Formula


KRS 158.6453 Writing Policy

Primary Program/Kindergarten Classroom Assistants

KRS 158.031 Ungraded Primary Program

704 KAR 3:440 Primary School Program Guidelines

KRS 157.360 P1 Kindergarten Classroom Assistants

Improvement Planning

KRS 158.649 Achievement Gaps

KRS 160.346 Targeted and Comprehensive Support and Improvement

703 KAR 5:225 Comprehensive School and District Improvement Planning Process

Mia Morales
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of School and Program Improvement
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2116, Ext. 4046
Fax (502) 564-8149

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