Will Kentucky schools keep moving forward?
That’s the question Stu Silberman of the Prichard Committee is asking.
And he’s not alone. To date, 100 Kentucky school districts have signed a letter calling for the restoration of SEEK funds to 2008 levels.
Education supporters have a rally planned in Frankfort for Thursday to press the case for increased support for schools.
And by increased support, they mean a return to 2008 funding levels. Because while dollar amounts for SEEK have remained constant, the number of students in school has increased. That means districts are being asked to do more (a lot more, due to Common Core and a continued push for high standards in Kentucky) with less.
As Silberman points out, the flex funds are critical, too. Those dollars, now almost gone, provided the extra support to help those students and families most in need.
Without them, Silberman notes that students will simply fall behind.
Kentucky has made steady progress since 1990. The 20-year trend in NAEP scores shows the state moving forward year after year.
That progress may well stop if proper investment in proven programs is not provided.
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