Senate Bill 175 is up for consideration tomorrow before the House Education Committee, having already passed the Senate on February 25th. The legislation mainly makes changes and clarifications to Kentucky’s accountability model enacted by Senate Bill 1 in 2017. This includes changes to indicators on which schools will be measured and how schools will be identified…
The House Education Committee today passed a revised version (called a committee substitute) of House Bill 272. The legislation, sponsored by Representative James Tipton, reflects a meaningful first step to address Kentucky’s need to increase student achievement in the early grades. A need that is critical to future student success and Kentucky’s efforts to close…
At a rally in Frankfort last week for what was termed “National School Choice Week,” school choice advocates and policymakers called – once again – for Kentucky to adopt scholarship tax credits
Past legislative sessions have seen proposals that would establish tax credits for individuals and businesses donating funds to a qualified scholarship granting organization to…
Jan 10 2019
The Kentucky General Assembly struck the gavel on Tuesday of this week, officially convening the 2019 Regular Session. While this is Kentucky’s odd-year, short 30-day session, activity, and interest will be substantial with over 30 new members taking their seats and a gubernatorial election beginning to heat up.
Education issues will remain at the forefront of…
Jun 14 2018
New Report shows postsecondary attainment gaps – Kentucky is making progress.
A new report released today by the Education Trust – a national non-profit focused on equity in education – brings into sharp relief postsecondary attainment gaps between racial and ethnic groups at both the national and state levels. The report specifically ranks and grades states…
May 03 2018
Recent blog posts have covered the budget’s impact on both K-12 and postsecondary education. The state budget also significantly impacts the ability of public preschool and private childcare to provide critical services to Kentucky’s youngest learners.
The Prichard Committee’s 2017 report – Building Blocks: The Kentucky Early Childhood Cost of Quality Study – estimated the level…
May 02 2018
Cuts to financial aid, postsecondary institutions will have significant impact on students and campuses
With the 2018 legislative session now fully in the books, it’s time to review in full what happened to funding for postsecondary education in the enacted state budget and its potential impacts. Over the next two years, total funding for both state financial aid and institutional funding will see declines of 2.5%. For Kentucky’s public…
Apr 03 2018
Under the budget passed by the General Assembly this week, state funding for postsecondary education will be cut over the next two years, with total biennial decreases of 2.5% for financial aid resources and for institutional funding. This continues the pattern of state disinvestment in Kentucky’s postsecondary institutions that has persisted since 2008. Since that…
Mar 05 2018
Under the budget bill passed by the House last week, state funding for higher education will increase modestly over the next two years, with growth both in financial aid resources and institutional funding.
The proposed House budget would increase state financial aid $71,700 in FY 2019 and add a further $8.2 million for FY 2020.…
Feb 21 2018
This is a guest post by Michael T.Childress about the 2018 Kentucky Annual Economic Report produced by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of KentuckyPerhaps the most noteworthy economic trend over the last three and a half decades is the growing importance of education for economic success. Improving educational outcomes and enhancing the…