Investing in Education Excellence with Equity
To deliver the promise of education excellence for every Kentuckian, the Commonwealth must reverse years of budget cuts and lost buying power. Since the Great Recession in 2008, state investments have: declined 33% in our colleges and universities; declined 12% in our K-12 per-pupil base guarantee; and have been inadequate to ensure high-quality early learning opportunities for our youngest children. This declining investment in education - and our future – threatens to reverse the progress Kentucky has made in student success and national rankings.
Moreover, Kentucky remains challenged by persistent income inequality, ranking 44th among the states in the number of residents living in poverty. But we know the answer to these challenges, as noted by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Business and Economic Research in the 2018 Kentucky Annual Economic Report:
“There is one factor that is more important than all the others, and that is education. By investing in it, we can improve household incomes, individual health, and our overall quality of life. The key to Kentucky’s economic future lies in its human capital.”
To address this critical need, we are proposing to increase state investment in education – from early childhood to postsecondary – $1 Billion by 2026.
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