Monday, January 4, 2010

So, what's NOT cut?

Some very important programs were spared from cuts in the current round of reductions, including:
  • Preschool
  • Professional development
  • Extended school services
  • School safety
  • The School for the Blind
  • The School for the Deaf
  • The Professional Standards Board
  • The School Facilities Construction Commission
  • Teacher health and retirement benefits
  • SEEK funding
  • KCTCS funding
  • University funding
  • Financial aid
The $10 million gone from P-12 could have been used for valuable services, but it's a small part of the $4,312 million the state budget originally included for elementary and secondary education.

Similarly, the $495 thousand cut from CPE will be missed, but it should be seen in proportion to the $1,218 million originally budgeted for postsecondary education.

These are real cuts, but they are also relatively small real cuts.

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