Majority Leader Jonathan Shell Passes Workforce Development Legislation Requiring ‘Essential Skills’ in K-12 Education

Majority Leader Jonathan Shell Passes Workforce Development Legislation Requiring ‘Essential Skills’ in K-12 Education

Today, the House passed a critical measure to provide K-12 students with an essential skills curriculum, which includes vital skills for anyone entering the workforce. House Bill 454, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, requires the Kentucky Department of Education to develop this curriculum for all school districts for the 2017-2018 school year.

These skills include the following: adaptability, diligence, initiative, knowledge, reliability, working well with others, and remaining drug free. Specifically as it relates to drugs, this bill directs the Kentucky Department of Education to develop comprehensive drug awareness and prevention education.

“I am very pleased by the House’s overwhelming passage of this critical piece of legislation,” said Leader Shell. “As we continue working to bring industry and jobs to the Commonwealth, it is vital that we have a prepared workforce, including people who are able to pass a drug test, show up to work on time, and solve problems. House Bill 454 is the first step in teaching our youth what it truly takes to achieve success, in their adolescent years and beyond.”

In order to ensure that students receive a practical education on these topics, they must complete at least three requirements before graduating. A few of the nine options include participation in a work-based learning experience, completion of a dual credit course, which allows them to simultaneously receive college credit, and having no more than 6% of school days in a year missed on an unexcused basis.

The House passed HB 454 by a wide margin. It now moves on to the Senate for approval.

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