Study shows KY schools underfunded, teachers underpaid

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A recent review of Kentucky's school finance system found that the state has consistently funded its schools and paid its teachers below national averages over the past decade.

The findings of the study conducted by Picus Odden & Associates were released Dec. 9 by the Council for Better Education at the conclusion of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents Conference at the Marriott Louisville East.

The study was conducted from December 2013 through August 2014. It is not an analysis of Kentucky's current Support Education in Excellence (SEEK) system but proposes an Evidence-Based Adequacy model for education funding through identification of a cohesive set of school-level resources required to deliver a comprehensive and high-quality instructional program and describes the evidence on programmatic effectiveness.

The study found that, although Kentucky has underfunded its schools compared to national averages over the last 10 years, funding levels have shown varied results against comparable states. In addition, Kentucky's educational outcomes generally have been mixed when compared to both national averages and comparable states.

In a news release dated Dec. 6, the Council for Better Education says it is important to note that Kentucky leads the nation in "new, higher standards of bringing students to be College and Career Ready as well as [meeting] the aggressive Common Core Standards."

The Council for Better Education represents 168 of Kentucky's 174 school districts in efforts to ensure full implementation of Kentucky's constitutional commitment to its students and schools.

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