Measure Seeks to Protect State Aid to Schools

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Senate has voted to protect school districts from losing some state aid due to high student absenteeism caused by the swine flu outbreak. The measure cleared the Senate on a 34-0 vote Monday. It now goes to the House. The proposal would allow the districts to take the higher of their student daily attendance averages from the past two years in helping determine how much state financial aid they receive. Republican Ken Winters of Murray says the districts are seeking the change to help protect them from cuts in state aid due to high absentee rates during the flu outbreak last year.