§ 161.010 Definitions for KRS 161.020 to 161.134
§ 161.011 Definitions of “classified employee” and “seniority” — Job classifications and minimum qualifications — Requirement of written contracts and written personnel policies — Reduction in force — Registry of vacant classified employee positions and t
§ 161.017 Education Professional Standards Board to be headed by commissioner of education — Duties and powers
§ 161.020 Certificates required of school employees — Filing requirements — Validity and terms for renewal
§ 161.027 Preparation program for principals — Assessment and internship requirements
§ 161.028 Education Professional Standards Board — Powers and duties regarding the preparation and certification of professional school personnel — Membership
§ 161.030 Certification authority — Assessments of beginning teachers and teachers seeking additional certification — Conditional certificates — Temporary certificates — Internship — Beginning teacher committee — Resource teachers — Emeritus and except
§ 161.032 Certification incentive fund — Purpose of grants — Eligibility — Priorities — Forgivable loan incentive — Stipend — Other financial incentives
§ 161.042 Status of student teachers — Responsibility to administrative staff and supervising teachers — Professional competency requirement for supervising teachers
§ 161.044 Requirements for teachers’ aides — Legal status — Preference to certified applicants — Training
§ 161.046 Adjunct instructors
§ 161.048 Legislative findings — Alternative certification program — Purpose — Options — Testing and eligibility requirements — Salary schedule
§ 161.049 Professional support teams — Training program — Alternate training program
§ 161.051 Braille requirements for teacher certification of blind and visually impaired students
§ 161.052 Certification of teachers for gifted education
§ 161.053 Certification of teachers of exceptional children/communication disorders
§ 161.095 Continuing education for teachers — Extension for military service — Administrative regulations
§ 161.100 Emergency certificates
§ 161.102 Emergency substitute teaching certificates
§ 161.115 Deletion of certificate, certificate endorsement, or subject specialization from official certification record at holder’s option — Restoration of deleted areas of certification
§ 161.120 Disciplinary actions relating to certificates — Appeals
§ 161.1211 Classification of teachers
§ 161.1221 Out-of-field teaching
§ 161.1222 Pilot teacher internship program — Report to Interim Joint Committee on Education — Appropriated funds
§ 161.123 Reciprocity certification for out-of-state teachers
§ 161.124 Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel
§ 161.126 Designation of commissioner of education as state official under agreement — Handling contracts under agreement
§ 161.131 Legislative findings and goals on national board certification
§ 161.132 Definitions for KRS 161.131 to 161.134 and KRS 157.395 and 161.123
§ 161.133 Teachers’ national certification incentive trust fund — Purposes — Appropriations
§ 161.134 Preparation for national board certification — Incentives — Authority to prorate reimbursements if funds insufficient — Administrative regulations for mentoring program
§ 161.141 Requirements and prohibitions concerning public charter school employees and local school boards
§ 161.145 Cost of physical examination required for employment of classified personnel
§ 161.148 Use of volunteer personnel — Criminal records check — Orientation — Exception
§ 161.151 Removal of references to criminal allegations not resulting in charge or conviction from school employee’s personnel file — Nonpreclusion of separate investigation
§ 161.152 Emergency leave for school employees
§ 161.153 Leave for jury duty for teachers and state employees
§ 161.154 Personal leave days for school employees
§ 161.155 Definitions for section — Salary, benefits, and leave for employee or teacher when victim of assault — Sick leave for employee or teacher — Sick leave bank — Sick leave donation program — Payment for unused sick leave upon retirement or death
§ 161.157 Credits allowed transferred employee of Department of Education or Education Professional Standards Board
§ 161.158 Group insurance — Board’s termination of participation in state health plan — Employees offered coverage in state health plan under federal law eligible for state-funded contribution — Deductions from salaries
§ 161.159 Adoption of rules and regulations to implement life insurance program
§ 161.163 Employees’ application form not to require disclosure of religious affiliation
§ 161.164 Political activity prohibited — Discrimination prohibited
§ 161.165 Recruitment of minority teachers
§ 161.166 Training program for Kentucky Virtual High School on-line coaches
§ 161.167 Program to encourage persons to enter Kentucky teaching profession — Reports
§ 161.168 Certified employee granted leave of absence for active military service — Medical insurance — Contribution to retirement system to be retroactive — Credit given — Exclusions
§ 161.170 Teachers to enforce course of study and use of books — Removal for failure
§ 161.175 Teachers involved in illegal use of controlled substances
§ 161.180 Supervision of pupils’ conduct
§ 161.185 Certified or classified staff member to accompany students on school-sponsored or endorsed trips — Exceptions
§ 161.190 Abuse of teacher, classified employee, or school administrator prohibited
§ 161.195 Notice to teacher of student’s history of physically abusive conduct or carrying a concealed weapon
§ 161.200 Records to be kept by teachers — Exceptions
§ 161.210 Reports to be made by teachers
§ 161.220 Definitions for KRS 161.220 to 161.716 and 161.990
§ 161.230 Retirement system — Purpose — Name
§ 161.250 Board of trustees to control retirement — Membership — Appeals — Trustee education program — Public disclosure of best practices model — Administrative regulations for authorized benefit improvements
§ 161.260 Election of members of board of trustees
§ 161.270 Vacancies, how filled
§ 161.280 Oath of board members
§ 161.290 Meetings, compensation, and expenses of board members
§ 161.300 Quorum
§ 161.310 Administrative regulations — Rules, regulations, and policies of participating employers to conform to chapter — Retirement incentives
§ 161.320 Record of proceedings — Annual report
§ 161.330 Cost of administration, how paid — Office space
§ 161.340 Officers of board — Personnel of system — Contracting for services and commodities — Liability insurance — Leave balances
§ 161.370 Treasurer, auditor, and legal adviser of board — Annual audit of Teachers’ Retirement System
§ 161.380 Duties of treasurer — Custodian of securities
§ 161.390 Actuarial data to be kept
§ 161.400 Duties of actuary — Actuarial investigations, valuations, and analyses
§ 161.420 Funds and accounts of retirement system
§ 161.430 Investment of funds — Standards of conduct — Investment procurement policy
§ 161.440 Assignment of interest to funds
§ 161.460 Conflict of interest — Trustees, employees, members of General Assembly, public servants
§ 161.470 Membership — Forfeiture of service credit — Termination of membership — Forfeiture of benefits — Reinstatement — Payment of accumulated account balance
§ 161.480 Statement of member — Designation of beneficiaries
§ 161.490 Investigation of statement
§ 161.500 Service credit
§ 161.507 Prior service credit for veterans — Credit for military service and uniformed service by active contributing member
§ 161.515 Out-of-state service credit — Contribution — Kentucky Peace Corps and federal Peace Corps service credit — Retirement factor
§ 161.520 Payment of survivor’s benefit on death
§ 161.522 Survivors of certain members retired for disability may elect annuity
§ 161.525 Death of member eligible to retire — Options of beneficiary — Monthly minimum allowance to surviving spouse
§ 161.530 Restoration of forfeited account — Exception
§ 161.540 Members’ contributions — Picked-up contributions
§ 161.545 Contributions and service credit for substitute service, part-time service, or leave of absence — Contributions not to be picked up — Purchases of service credit for leaves of absence for health, child-rearing, and educational improvement reasons
§ 161.5461 Purchase of service credit with rolled-over or transferred retirement funds
§ 161.5465 Member with twenty years’ service credit may purchase five years’ service credit — Exceptions
§ 161.547 Member having service as legislator may purchase four years’ credit in the retirement system
§ 161.548 Purchase of service credit by individual who served in a regional community program for mental health and individuals with an intellectual disability
§ 161.549 Purchase of service credit by individual who was employed at a Federal Head Start agency
§ 161.550 Contribution to system by employers and state — Contributions to pension, medical insurance, and life insurance funds
§ 161.553 Funding of past statutory benefit improvements — Schedules for appropriations — Cost-of-living increases
§ 161.555 Employer contributions for members employed in positions established under federal educational acts
§ 161.556 Employer contributions for members employed by regional educational cooperatives
§ 161.560 Deduction and forwarding of teachers’ contributions — Reporting requirements — Picked-up employee contributions — Correction of omitted member contributions
§ 161.565 Reduction and pick-up of contributions by university faculty members
§ 161.567 Authorization for optional retirement plan for designated employees of certain public universities
§ 161.568 Eligibility to participate in optional retirement plan — Election to change from optional retirement plan to Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System
§ 161.569 Effect of election to participate — Payment of benefits — Taxation and attachment of benefits — Employer contributions
§ 161.580 Individual accounts to be kept — Other data — Summary plan description — Publication — Recipients
§ 161.585 Member’s account confidential — Release of certain information from accounts of current or former legislators — Medical records on file confidential — Production of records in response to a subpoena or court order
§ 161.590 Service credit at retirement
§ 161.595 Credit upon service retirement
§ 161.597 Installment payments for purchase of service credit by active contributing members
§ 161.600 Retirement conditions — Consolidation of accounts — Applications and forms — Surviving spouse
§ 161.605 Resumption of employment by retired member — Continuation of retirement allowance — Individuals who retire and are reemployed — Waiver of annuity — Part-time, substitute teaching, and nonteaching employment
§ 161.607 Employment in position covered by other Kentucky retirement system
§ 161.608 Computation of benefits of member who has an account with another state system
§ 161.611 Supplemental retirement benefit plan — Purpose — Administration — Eligibility — Payments
§ 161.612 Membership of individuals providing part-time and substitute services — Service credit — Participation in benefits
§ 161.614 Court-ordered back salary and reinstatement
§ 161.615 Limited defined contribution plan — Purpose — Administration — Eligibility — Payments
§ 161.620 Retirement allowances for university and nonuniversity retirees — Amount — Increases — Payments for adult dependents
§ 161.623 Use of unused sick-leave days to determine service credit — Applicability to individuals becoming members on or after July 1, 2008 — Maximum amount
§ 161.624 Responsibilities of members
§ 161.630 Benefit options — Change in benefit option by retiree — Beneficiary redesignation after retirement
§ 161.633 Foundational component for persons who became nonuniversity members on or after January 1, 2022 — Valuation assessment — Adjustments to maintain funding level and contain costs — Construction
§ 161.634 Foundational component for persons who became university members on or after January 1, 2022 — Valuation assessment — Adjustments to maintain funding level and contain costs — Construction
§ 161.635 Supplemental component for persons who became nonuniversity members on or after January 1, 2022 — Benefit — Contributions — Election upon termination of employment and upon retirement — Plans authorized under Internal Revenue Code
§ 161.636 Supplemental component for persons who became university members on or after January 1, 2022 — Benefit — Contributions — Election upon termination of employment and upon retirement — Plans authorized under Internal Revenue Code
§ 161.640 Payment of annuities — Payroll deductions — Electronic fund transfer, exception
§ 161.643 Records and annual reports for annuitants employed by school districts or agencies — Penalty for noncompliance — System may require more frequent reporting
§ 161.650 Death of retired member — Payment to beneficiaries — Effect of divorce decree — Failure to designate beneficiary
§ 161.655 Life insurance benefit — Assignment of benefit
§ 161.661 Disability retirement
§ 161.662 Status of disabled teachers and superintendents
§ 161.663 Disability retirement with less than required years of service
§ 161.675 Hospital and medical benefits and health insurance coverage for eligible recipients of retirement allowances from Teachers’ Retirement System — Applicability to individuals becoming members on or after July 1, 2008 — Health insurance supplement pa
§ 161.677 Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System insurance trust fund
§ 161.680 Mistake in payment — Correction of error — Collection of overpayments
§ 161.690 Falsifying record prohibited
§ 161.695 Use and acceptance of electronic signatures
§ 161.700 Funds exempt from taxation and process — Taxability after December 31, 1997 — Benefits not considered marital property — Qualified domestic relations order
§ 161.710 Local system merged with state system
§ 161.714 Inviolable contract
§ 161.716 Federal laws take precedence over Kentucky statutes pertaining to Teachers’ Retirement System
§ 161.720 Definitions for teachers’ tenure law
§ 161.721 Superintendent eligible for continuing contract status
§ 161.730 Limited or continuing contract with teachers required
§ 161.740 Eligibility for continuing service status — Limited status employee on approved military leave — Transfer of teachers — Reinstatement after service in Armed Forces — District-level administrative position in county with consolidated local govern
§ 161.750 Nonrenewal of limited contracts
§ 161.760 Notice of salary to be paid to teacher — Increases — Reductions in responsibility
§ 161.765 Procedures for demotion of administrative personnel — Appeal
§ 161.770 Leaves of absence
§ 161.780 Termination of contract by teacher or superintendent — Resignation binding as of date of acceptance
§ 161.790 Termination of contract by board — Administrative hearing tribunal — Sanctions
§ 161.795 Investigation of and records that school employee acted improperly relating to statewide assessment program — Certain records to be expunged
§ 161.800 Suspension of contracts on reducing number of teachers
§ 161.810 Continuance of status in case of annexation or consolidation of schools
§ 161.990 Penalties

Terms Used In Kentucky Statutes > Chapter 161 - School Employees -- Teachers' Retirement and Tenure

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Amortization: Paying off a loan by regular installments.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • any other state: includes any state, territory, outlying possession, the District of Columbia, and any foreign government or country. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Appropriation: means an authorization by the General Assembly to expend, from public funds, a sum of money not in excess of the sum specified, for the purposes specified in the authorization and under the procedure prescribed in KRS Chapter 48. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attorney: means attorney-at-law. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Biennium: means the two (2) year period commencing on July 1 in each even- numbered year and ending on June 30 in the ensuing even-numbered year. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Chambers: A judge's office.
  • Company: may extend and be applied to any corporation, company, person, partnership, joint stock company, or association. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contingent beneficiary: Receiver of property or benefits if the first named beneficiary fails to receive any or all of the property or benefits in question before his (her) death.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • Directors: when applied to corporations, includes managers or trustees. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Domestic: when applied to a corporation, partnership, business trust, or limited liability company, means all those incorporated or formed by authority of this state. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Foreign: when applied to a corporation, partnership, limited partnership, business trust, statutory trust, or limited liability company, includes all those incorporated or formed by authority of any other state. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Garnishment: Generally, garnishment is a court proceeding in which a creditor asks a court to order a third party who owes money to the debtor or otherwise holds assets belonging to the debtor to turn over to the creditor any of the debtor
  • Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Mediation: means a nonadversarial process in which a neutral third party encourages and helps disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Month: means calendar month. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • Oath: includes "affirmation" in all cases in which an affirmation may be substituted for an oath. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Partnership: includes both general and limited partnerships. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • public funds: means sums actually received in cash or negotiable instruments from all sources unless otherwise described by any state agency, state- owned corporation, university, department, cabinet, fiduciary for the benefit of any form of state organization, authority, board, bureau, interstate compact, commission, committee, conference, council, office, or any other form of organization whether or not the money has ever been paid into the Treasury and whether or not the money is still in the Treasury if the money is controlled by any form of state organization, except for those funds the management of which is to be reported to the Legislative Research Commission pursuant to KRS 42. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • real estate: includes lands, tenements, and hereditaments and all rights thereto and interest therein, other than a chattel interest. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Treatment: when used in a criminal justice context, means targeted interventions that focus on criminal risk factors in order to reduce the likelihood of criminal behavior. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Violate: includes failure to comply with. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010