On July 13, 2009, KDE received notice from the OSBD that an expected $1 billion shortfall in FY10 will require KDE to provide OSBD with plans for both a 3% and a 4% General Fund reduction. SEEK and school district health insurance are exempt from any reduction. Staff will update the Board at the August meeting concerning budget reduction effects on KDE operations and programs.That's from the budget briefing memo in the Agenda Book for next week's meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education, available here as item XVI-B.
A "KDE cut" will not come solely from the agency based in Frankfort. In state budget definitions, the "Department" budget also includes categorical funding to districts for things like preschool, professional development, and extended school services and support programs like the School Safety Center and the Literacy Center.