Education Committee, Kentucky General Assembly

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The Education Committee is an interim joint committee of the Kentucky General Assembly.

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To provide a continuity of study and action between sessions, interim joint committees are formed from the standing committees of both houses. For instance, the Education Committee of the Senate and the Education Committee of the House become the Interim Joint Committee on Education after the regular session.

Interim committees, besides discussing and studying issues in-depth, draft and approve bills for prefiling for the next regular session. This enables bills to be introduced at the beginning of the session and standing committees to become active immediately. All interim committees, which are actually subcommittees of the Legislative Research Commission (LRC), are open to the public and the press so the people have an opportunity to express views on areas the proposed legislation will affect.[1][2]


The Education Committee studies "matters pertaining to elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education; the Kentucky Board of Education; the Department of Education; the powers and duties of local boards of education; state support of education; operation of school districts; conduct of schools; attendance; curriculum; pupil transportation; school property and buildings; teachers' qualifications, certification, and retirement; vocational education and rehabilitation; state universities and colleges; community colleges; regional education; and educational television. "[3]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership for the 2015 legislative session.

Education Members, 2015
Democratic members (25)Republican members (19)
Derrick Graham, Co-ChairMike Wilson, Co-Chair
Linda BelcherJohn Carney
Hubert CollinsJim DeCesare
Jeffery DonohueJulie Raque Adams
Reginald ThomasCarroll Gibson
Kelly FloodDonna Mayfield
James Glenn, Jr.Max Wise
Johnny Ray TurnerMarie Rader
Reginald MeeksRegina Bunch
Charles MillerAddia Wuchner
Rick NelsonJill York
Ruth PalumboBrian Linder
Jody RichardsJared Carpenter
Thomas RinerDavid Givens
Rita SmartJimmy Higdon
Wilson StoneAlice Kerr
David WatkinsBart Rowland
George A. Brown Jr.Sal Santoro
Leslie CombsJim Stewart, III
Gerald Neal
Cluster Howard
Johnny Ray Turner
James Kay
Mary Lou Marzian
Gerald Watkins


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.


  • Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education

External links


  1. Kentucky State Legislature, "Interim Committees," accessed January 31, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Kentucky State Legislature, "Education Committee," accessed January 31, 2014