Gov. Beshear says tax reform could be the answer to Kentucky's 'F' in school spending

01/10/2013 03:57 PM

While Kentucky broke into the top 10 in the nation of Education Weekly’s annual quality rankings, the one area the state’s education system failed was school spending.

The rankings are based on a rubric of how well the states performed in student achievement, teacher performance, matching needs of the workforce and school funding.

Kentucky schools received a score of 53.4 in the school spending category, far behind the national average of 64.9. The commonwealth fared better in the sub-category of how well it spreads out the money to districts.

At a press conference to celebrate cracking the top 10 on Thursday, Governor Steve Beshear acknowledged that, while happy with the overall ranking, the commonwealth has a lot of work to do in the area of funding public education.

“When you look at per pupil spending, just 11.8 percent of our students are in districts whose funding matches or exceeds the national average,” he said.

Another category where Kentucky lagged behind in the Education Weekly standings was Chance for Success where the state had a C+ score. That ranked of 38th out of 50 states.


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