Education
11:38 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Study to Focus on Designing New Funding Model for Kentucky's Schools

A group representing nearly all of Kentucky's school districts is planning a study that could show lawmakers that school funding needs to be restored.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Council for Better Education is raising money for the $130,000 study, which could begin Dec. 1.

Council president Tom Shelton says the study would design an equitable and adequate funding system to allow all students to become college- and career-ready.

The SEEK program, the primary source of money for school districts, has remained flat while schools have seen increases in the number of students and average daily attendance figures. That caused the amount of funding per student to slip from $3,866 in 2009 to $3,827 this year.

Flexible focus funds -- which include textbooks, preschool and staff development -- also have dropped.