WAVE 3 News Guest Editorial: Big Bold Ask
By: Brigitte Blom Ramsey, President & CEO, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
To deliver the promise of education excellence for every Kentuckian, the Commonwealth must reverse years of budget cuts.
Since the 2008 recession, state investments have declined 33% in higher education; 12% in our K-12 per-pupil funding; and have been inadequate to ensure high-quality early learning for our youngest children.
These declines threaten to reverse the progress Kentucky has made in student success and national rankings in the last generation. To address this, we are proposing to increase state investment in education at all levels by $1 Billion dollars through 2026.
The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is asking the Kentucky General Assembly for increased investments in education over the next six years:
- $331 million dollars for early childhood and preschool programs for children in poverty
- $360 million dollars for public schools to fund all-day kindergarten, transportation, and to train and support teachers; and
- $341 million dollars for state colleges and universities and tuition assistance for low income students
This is our big bold ask.
Can Kentucky afford this?
Yes. If phased in over six years, this investment can be accommodated with natural revenue growth. We can’t afford not to.
We must have a sense of urgency for improving education for Kentuckians of all ages. Our Commonwealth is 5th from the bottom nationally in poverty. Through education we can break this cycle of poverty and build prosperity for all our families – in the next generation.
Please call your state representatives and senators and tell them to support the Big Bold Ask.
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