Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) says he will support reinvestment in public education in the upcoming budget.
The Republican says he supports Governor Steve Beshear’s commitment to funding education, but only if that funding addresses the needs of the system.
"I think we would be very much in conformity with the governor, under my initial assumption that it strengthens education," says Stivers. "If it doesn't necessarily strengthen education, throwing money at it may not be the solution."
Stivers says he thinks Beshear’s examples of increasing school safety budgets and purchasing new textbooks are good ideas, but believes structural changes may also be needed, including legislation that permits charter schools in the state to help turn around low-performing public schools.