Kentucky Education

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  State spending on elementary and secondary education in Kentucky has dropped at one of the highest rates in the U.S. since 2008, according to a report released Thursday from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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The passing rate for Kentuckians taking the GED has improved since the national high school equivalency exam underwent changes in 2014, according to Kentucky Adult Education officials.

The test is now more aligned with the Common Core standards that Kentucky and many other states have adopted which are meant to better prepare students for college and career, officials said.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he wants to pump more money into education and is willing to make budget cuts elsewhere to free up the money.

Beshear talked to reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday about his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The governor says education is his top priority and that the state risks losing its progress in education unless it reinvests money in schools.

 

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says teachers could faces layoffs and school districts could fail financially if education funding is not restored.

Holliday has pushed lawmakers to restore per-pupil funding levels to pre-recession levels. That request is more than $250 million dollars for the two-year budget that lawmakers will set when they return next year.

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Graves County Schools Superintendent Kim Harrison says budget cuts are likely to allocate funding for much-needed facility repairs at school sites.

Harrison's statement comes a day after a proposed 18 percent property tax increase failed in a county-wide special election. Harrison says the money was needed to qualify for a state matching grant.

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The Council for Better Education is asking its members to help fund another study to demonstrate how Kentucky’s education system is being underfunded.

The Kentucky Education Department released report cards for all school districts in the commonwealth today, but none of the western Kentucky systems qualified for the highest honor called District of Distinction.

The District of Distinction should not be confused with distinguished school districts. Our listening area had seven distinguished school systems: Murray Independent, Marshall County, Lyon County, Calloway County, McCracken County, Daviess County and Logan County.

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  A Kentucky legislative committee has rejected new science standards for public school students, but Gov. Steve Beshear now says he’ll use his power to implement the standards anyway.

During the public comment period this year, some  criticized the new standards for including evolution and climate change, saying they believe they’re inferior to Kentucky’s current standards. Some lawmakers were under pressure from  constituents, saying they’ve received hundreds of comments opposing the standards.

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Kentucky’s nearly 7,000 foster children will now be able to quickly and easily access their education records from anywhere, thanks to a new state education initiative. Officials unveiled a plan yesterday to give Department of Community-Based Services caseworkers access to school records for children in foster care without parental consent. The plan is part of Kentucky's implementation of the federal Uninterrupted Scholar’s Act, signed by President Obama in January, which amends a previous law that had limited such rights exclusively to parents.  DCBS Commissioner Teresa James said this will give caseworkers timely possession of educational records, reducing interruptions in the academic careers of children in out of home care.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the Commonwealth's kindergartners will be tested for education readiness for the first time this year.  

It's part of a statewide assessment for entering school. The Brigance Kindergarten Screener measures preparedness, indicating trends and individual needs to early education teachers. 

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