There's an obvious starting reason for that. Nationwide, EdTrust reports that, on average:
- High-poverty districts have $773 less to spend per pupil than low-poverty districts.
- High-minority districts have $1,122 less per pupil than low-minority districts.
- High-poverty districts have $906 more per pupil.
- High minority districts have an average of $234 more per pupil.
I respectfully submit that our answer should begin with a proud description of our statewide commitment to the equitable funding that is an obvious precondition for any sort of equitable staffing. We should describe the SEEK formula, its impact across the state, our long history of increasing the guarantee every year until this one, and the tremendous commitment involved in maintaining the guarantee even in this most difficult budget year in decades.
It's not enough to solve the teaching quality challenges, but Kentucky's school funding method is more than most states even dream of doing.