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New school year may mean tough choices for districts learning to operate with fewer dollars

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service The school day might look a little different for Kentucky kids this year, as districts figure out how to function with fewer dollars. Senior Policy Analyst with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy Ashley Spaulding explained that for more than a decade, in order to make room for tax cuts, state legislators and the governor slashed funding for pre-k through 12...

Survey shows cuts to Ky. schools have meant fewer services, proposed budget risks quality of education

At the same time that new cuts to state funding for education are on the table, a new report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy shows previous budget cuts have already stretched Kentucky school districts and are hurting classrooms and kids. Further cuts could force even more significant reductions in educational programs and services, layoffs or even school closings. Through a survey of...

Kentucky among bottom 10 states for per-student funding for public universities, report says

An annual report on higher education cuts across the U.S. shows Kentucky’s continued budget reductions are keeping it among the bottom 10 states when it comes to per-student funding cuts to our public universities and community colleges. The report, from the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, shows Kentucky in the bottom 10 states in cuts since 2008 — a decline of 26.4...

Kentucky 529 College Savings Plan offers matching contribution for new accounts opened May 26-29

As another school year draws to a close, 529 Day (May 29) is the perfect time for Kentucky families to start their college savings with help from the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT). Kentucky’s 529 college savings plan is celebrating 529 Day with a special four-day matching promotion. Eligible individuals who open a new KESPT account online at kysaves.com/529day, between 12:01 a.m....

Kentucky continues decline as one of worst states for K-12 core funding, report says

Kentucky is one of the worst states when it comes to cuts in core funding for elementary and secondary schools since the Great Recession, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. Kentucky is third worst in the country when it comes to cuts to state formula funding for K-12 between 2008...

Bill Straub: Despite claims to the contrary, state proves again it doesn’t place value on education

LEXINGTON – Just as Robin Williams was finally forced to drop the façade and acknowledge that he really was posing as Mrs. Doubtfire, it’s time for the commonwealth of Kentucky to drop its own façade and acknowledge that it really doesn’t value education despite all declamations to the contrary. The Kentucky General Assembly, after weeks of wailing and teeth gnashing, finally adopted a $21...

Business leaders set to highlight additional KCTCS funding needs during Capitol rally

Business leaders from across the state who are concerned about how the loss of funding to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) affects their businesses are making their voices heard Thursday, Feb. 18 at a rally at 12:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. These leaders are members of local Business Champions Councils representing all areas of the state and each of the 16 KCTCS colleges....

Commentary: Kentucky students have a major stake in seeing state funding for education restored

By Elizabeth Ruwe Special to KyForward Kentucky students can no longer stand by as our schools are underfunded. We cannot stand by as our tuition rates climb while the number of full-time faculty on our campuses gets smaller every year. We cannot stand by as our facilities become outdated or as other states become more academically competitive in STEM fields. Based on the latest data, our campuses...