Kentucky Education Commissioner on Funding: 'We Will See Pink Slips Like We’ve Never Seen Before'
Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says teachers could faces layoffs and school districts could fail financially if education funding is not restored.
Holliday has pushed lawmakers to restore per-pupil funding levels to pre-recession levels. That request is more than $250 million dollars for the two-year budget that lawmakers will set when they return next year. Holliday calls the federal and state budget cuts and other obligations a perfect storm, and he says by next spring the education department predicts up to a dozen school districts will fail to meet their basic financial commitments. Holliday says if funding isn’t restored, "we will see pink slips like we’ve never seen before." A majority of school boards have also passed resolutions requesting more funds. The education department will be competing with other state departments all strapped for cash.