Statement of KAPE's Philosophy
In view of recent events taking place in the state and at the national level, we believe it is necessary to confirm KAPE’s philosophy in taking a stand or promoting any type of social agenda. We continue to urge all our members to research and study any issue in which you are uncertain and call the KAPE office if you want us to continue any research for you. As always, we encourage KAPE members to contact your state and US representatives in legislative matters to voice your opinion. Always vote, and always know that your vote does count.
KAPE makes no attempt to dictate how our members are to think, feel, believe, support, or vote about any type of social issue, any political candidate, or any topic in which opinions are expressed. Our role and purpose are to monitor legislation and regulation that affects our members and the students which they educate, to speak to legislators to understand how that legislation would affect our members and to always let legislators know how our members would be affected. We try to keep our members informed about legislation on our website, as well as directing our members how to use legislative websites to contact legislators and monitor the progress of bills and legislation as it proceeds through the process of becoming law. Any legislation which is evident to produce an adverse effect on our members, their profession, their students, or their schools would definitely be brought to the attention of legislators, as well as our members so that stakeholders could work to improve that legislation.
Legislation has been passed that approved a unique model for charter schools in Kentucky. KAPE makes no assessment upon the support or disparagement of charter schools, as there is not enough qualified research either pro or con, and certainly none exists for the model legislated in Kentucky. Charter schools in Kentucky would have a student body selected through a lottery system, and authorizers would be the local boards of education, except in the metropolitan areas of Louisville and Lexington, in which the mayors could also be authorizers. The applications, regulations, and financing for charter schools are extremely tedious and detailed, and KAPE has no qualified opinion regarding this matter which rests mostly in the hands of local boards of education.
Please be aware that a lot of false information is being put out by other teacher organizations, and KAPE does not support nor join in on smear campaigns and the attempt to speak for all our members on such a matter. We have never, nor will we ever dictate to our members how to vote, or whether or not to support belief systems based on personal opinions.
The Kentucky Association of Professional Educators is a private, non-profit organization that offers membership with benefits for certified and classified educators wanting affordable protection without union activism and national association with an agenda not in alignment with your personal belief system. KAPE is completely under the direction of active and retired educators who believe every educator has the right to vote for candidates of your own choice, to maintain your own beliefs, and to have freedom of association.
Please do not hesitate to contact our director, Donna House, firstname.lastname@example.org, who is a registered lobbyist for KAPE, to discuss any matter which concerns you.
All Membership is subject to approval.