Education advocates say Kentucky still suffers from inadequate education funding 25 years after the legislature passed sweeping reforms.
The Kentucky Education Reform Act was signed into law 25 years ago this week and served as a model for national reforms. It included a $1.3 billion tax increase, gave parents a say in hiring principals and launched a daring, first-of-its kind accountability system for teachers based on how much children were learning.
But the Council on Better Education, the group that won an historic lawsuit that paved the way for the reforms, says the law equalized education funding but did not ensure school districts had enough money.
Soaring public pension costs and an expanding Medicaid population have gobbled up more budget resources, leaving less money for public education.