Public Schools Told To Brace For Up To 7 Percent Funding Cuts

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky public education officials are
being told to brace for funding cuts as deep as 7 percent.

Education Commissioner John Draud says it's only a possibility
that funding would be reduced that much. He notified Kentucky's 174
school superintendents Monday.

Draud also says the state Education Department could have to cut
back spending 12 percent in the new fiscal year and acknowledges
that would also affect the school districts.

The caution comes after state agencies, including public
colleges and universities, were told they could face 12 percent
less funding next year.

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