Breaking Down Bevin’s Bad Budget

The team at Prichard Blog does a nice job of breaking down Matt Bevin’s anti-schools budget. It’s clear he’s not committed to investing in Kentucky schools or continuing the progress the state has made over more than two decades.

$200 million in cuts.

A big transfer of responsibility from state to local government.

Local districts will either raise taxes or be forced to make significant cuts.

Here’s more on what the cuts mean:

In his proposed budget, Governor Bevin proposes no general fund spending for sixteen K-12 programs implemented by the Kentucky Department of Education:  Compared to the funding in the last budget (for 2018, the fiscal year that’s already underway), that will mean cuts of:

  • $16.7 million for Instructional Materials/Textbooks
  • $11.9 million for Professional Development
  • $1.4 million for Teacher Academies
  • $1.4 million for the Commonwealth School Improvement Fund
  • $1.3 million for Teacher Quality and Diversity
  • $1.2 million for the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development
  • $941 thousand for Save the Children (this project is offered Tobacco Settlement support)
  • $720 thousand for Teacher’s Professional Growth Fund
  • $700 thousand for Virtual Learning
  • $339 thousand for Middle School Academic Achievement Center
  • $329 thousand for Leadership and Mentoring
  • $250 thousand for Teach for America
  • $228 thousand for the Georgia Chaffee Teenage Parent Program
  • $100 thousand for the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center
  • $100 thousand for the Heuser Hearing and Speech
  • $72 thousand for Appalachian Tutoring
The Governor also proposes no funding for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program, or KTIP, a mentoring and support process that first-year teachers complete in order to get full certification for their jobs. KTIP is funded through the Education Professional Standards Board. Compared to the 2018 budget, that’s a cut of:
  • $2.8 million for Kentucky Teacher Internship Program


Big cuts to transportation. Which is a big hurt for Kentucky’s mostly rural school districts.

It’s not a stretch to say Bevin is balancing his proposed budget on the backs of students and Medicaid recipients. For many families, this will be a double hit. They’ll lose access to quality healthcare and their local schools will see significant cuts. If Kentucky wants to move backward, the Bevin plan is the way to go.

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