Great Differences in Local Support for Schools

Dec 12, 2013


A non-partisan economic policy group has released a report showing large gaps in per-student funding among school districts that approved tax increases this year. A majority of Kentucky school boards approved the maximum 4 percent property tax increase to help fund public schools. 

The state hasn’t raised per-pupil funding for a number of years  The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy report shows that some districts like Southgate Independent Schools in northern Kentucky will receive an additional 200 dollars more per student through property taxes. While other counties like Bath County, in eastern Kentucky, will only receive 24 dollars more per student.

 Jason Bailey is the director of the center for economic policy. “One of the consequences of that is that we’re going to make the gap between rich and poor schools even larger.” Several school boards have joined Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday in calling on lawmakers to restore state education funding to pre-recession levels.