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Kentucky Education budget concerns
Frankfort, KY – Education leaders in Kentucky have concerns about the budget bill passed by house lawmakers. The spending plan cuts two instructional days from the school calendar to save the state money. Joe Brothers of Elizabethtown is chair of the Kentucky board of education. In a letter to the general assembly, Brothers writes that lawmakers are threatening Kentucky's application for federal race to the top money.
"None of those competitors are reducing the instructional time. They are all dealing with the same problem we are and that is they're having to cut funds in various places. But they're not cutting their instructional time."
Kentucky is one of 16 finalists for the federal grant money. Brothers has another concern about eliminating classroom time. He says Kentucky already has a shorter school calendar than surrounding states.