The state of Kentucky has just approved another whopping 4.5 percent budget cut to the state’s education funding with leaders stating that “it had to be done” in order to focus on increasing pensions yet to be paid for.
Gov. Matt Bevin recently approved the budget cut, stating that unpaid and underfunded pensions throughout the state need to be focused on. The budget cut has caused a huge stir with many pointing fingers at the state’s officials educational neglect. The budget cut adds yet another blow to the states declining education rates and has caught the attention of many with Kentucky’s well-known history of neglect towards higher education to focus on other state needs.
Linda Blackford of the Lexington Herald-Leader stated that “Kentucky has made some of the deepest cuts to higher education in the country since 2008 (over 26 percent), putting it among the 10 states with the biggest per-student funding reductions for public universities and community colleges.”
As one of the few states in the nation with the worst education, Kentucky seems to continue to suffer as one of the few states left to continuously cut and under-fund its higher education funding. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has stated that “The funding decline has contributed to higher tuition and reduced quality on campuses as colleges have had to balance budgets by reducing faculty, limiting course offerings, and in some cases closing campuses.”
Mississippi, Arkansas and West Virginia are the only states with a higher rate of undereducated citizens. Kentucky officials must re-evaluate the state’s education programs, budgets and funding as well as performance in order to raise the education rate and to start channeling the proper funds into its universities and schools to provide students with the proper education they require.