Bill Requiring Teacher Planning Time Passes House

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A bill that would guarantee teachers have time for lesson-planning has passed the Kentucky House.

The measure would require teachers to be provided a minimum of 150 minutes per week for educational, nonteaching activities.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Rita Smart of Richmond, says that while some teachers are afforded time for classroom planning, others are not.

Opposition to the bill came from Republican Rep. Kim King of Harrodsburg, who says that school-based decision-making councils should continue to make choices about allotted planning time for teachers.

The measure passed from the House on an 85-8 vote. It now moves to the Kentucky Senate for consideration.

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