Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Senate budget adds $55 million in P-12 cuts to the House's $56 million in reductions

An earlier post today pointed out that the Senate plan requires districts to provide two more days of instruction than the House budget--but does not provide any funding for those days.  Now, let's turn to the full set of P-12 spending plans.

The House 2012 budget offered $56 million less for P-12 education than the state's original budget for the current (2010) fiscal year.

The Senate version cuts an additional $55 million from the House approach.

The Senate plan has just one line item with a larger 2021 budget than the House plan, providing:
  • $25.5 million more for local educators’ health insurance
The Senate plan pulls back from all the other House increases, with reductions of:
  • $34 million from school facilities
  • $2 million from unidentified spending that likely includes the  state's education technology network and the operations of the state department 
  • $300 thousand from local vocational schools
  • $284 thousand from school safety
The Senate plan also cuts many other areas where the House had already cut, including taking:
  • $24 million more from SEEK base funding
  • $1.2 million more from Tier I
  • $6.5 million more from teachers retirement
  • $5 million more from intervention in weak schools using highly skilled educations and school improvement grants
  • $2 million more from preschool
  • $1.4 million more from family resource and youth service centers
  • $473 thousand more from the Read to Achieve program
  • $438 thousand more from school technology
  • $427 thousand more from state vocational schools
  • $356 thousand from the schools for the blind and deaf
  • $321 thousand more from extended school services
  • $26t thousand more from State Agency Children
  • $235 thousand more from state testing
  • $194 thousand more from the Education Professional Standards Board
  • $172 thousand more from gifted and talented
  • $151 thousand more from professional development
  • $121 thousand more from debt service on money borrowed for school technology
  • $16 thousand more from textbooks
  • $479 thousand more from other local grants
  • $356 thousand more from other state grants
The next step in the budget process will be a House vote on the Senate changes. It's essentially certain that the House reject the Senate changes, leading to a conference committee where Senators and Representatives try to negotiate a budget both houses can support. 

1 comment:

  1. The proposed changes in both the House and especially the Senate budget will definitely put Kentucky's education achievement back several steps. By law, what is the legislature supposed to do as far as education support? And with the proposed budgets, is that happening? If not, then how can the budget include such devastating cuts to education?


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