Some Educators Say State Budget Is The Worst They've Ever Seen

Teacher layoffs, cuts to tutoring and safe school programs, and less money from the state to pay teacher raises.

These are just a few of the reasons some educators say it's the worst state budget they've ever seen.

Cuts to fund education programs throughout Kentucky schools are startling to 18-year language arts teacher Juanita Spangler.

For Letcher County Schools, officials say teacher layoffs are imminent.

Even if her job is safe at Whitesburg Middle School, Spangler faces the challenge of giving the same level of individual attention to a larger class of sixth graders.

“My average class size right now is twenty nine. I'm packed. I can't imagine having to stuff more children into that room and try to get them to learn,” Juanita Spangler said.

Without the same teacher training programs, new teachers and veterans like Spangler say it's tougher to help kids reach higher proficiency goals.

“Everything is new, everything's coming out. Those of us that have been out of college for a while, we need to know those things too and the only way to get it to us is professional development,” Spangler said.

“We cannot continue with less money and expecting more, and 2014 proficiency is getting very close,” Superintendent Anna Craft said.

Superintendent Anna Craft says schools in Eastern Kentucky have the biggest struggle.

“We are harder hit than your cities because we have less tax base, and we rely more heavily on the money from the legislative budget,” Superintendent Craft said.

While district officials wrestle with how many teachers they'll have to let go, they're still hoping for a miracle.

Superintendent Anna Craft says she's not sure yet how many jobs will have to be cut.

She says the district must also cut out many field trips because of diesel prices.

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  • by RETIRED EDUCATOR Location: E. KY on Apr 17, 2008 at 04:49 PM
    Most teachers are not as concerned for a pay raise as working conditions, school discipline, and being able to TEACH...NOT TEST AND DO PAPERWORK!! Please vote against every legislator who did not stand up for our children and teachers~~
  • by c Location: fkt on Apr 17, 2008 at 05:47 AM
    That's right, the lawmakers can get a 5% raise, but the heck with teachers! Let's get rid of the whole bunch! It's funny they have money for pet projects & their raises, but not education. Yet to hear them talk, they are all for education! HOTWASH! People are finally seeing that Lawmakers DO NOT CARE ABOUT OUR CHILDREN! However, I think schools could put some of their money to better use like teacher's pay instead of all the sports programs. When money gets tight,you cut the things that have nothing to do with education like sports, but you do not layoffs teachers & keep your sports programs! That's just stupid! Let the parents of the FEW who play, pay for everything involved in that sport, if they want it to continue. In my opinion, taxpayers shouldn't be paying for sports in any school, the parents who want their children to play should pay that bill! Sports do not benefit ALL students only the few, therefore they are not necessary in a time of budget shortages, but teachers are.
  • by J Location: KY on Apr 17, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    Could somebody explain what happened to the Lottery money that was supposed to be funding education? Was that not the original intent of the lottery or was that just political smoke blowing to get it voted in? Where is all of that money going if not to education?
  • by Cat on Apr 15, 2008 at 03:37 PM
    To: Anonymous on Apr 15, 2008 at 11:34 AM Let's see. Maybe u came to school with your drugs and u used all of your brain cells up or maybe you just stayed home, and mom and pop just drew your check. Teachers don't make u stupid. You do!!!!
  • by Another Teacher on Apr 15, 2008 at 02:34 PM
    KEA is a worthless organization led by Sharon Oxendine. They backed the current governor and elected officials. Yep, the same ones who promised not to cut education.
  • by steve on Apr 15, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    The education system gets more money than anything but our kids are wacked out looks like they need to change the nut school system or maybe home school sure would be better than what we have now.
  • by Herbert Shepherd Location: harlan on Apr 15, 2008 at 01:09 PM
    What's the problem at least we don't have a republican in the capital and every body knows the demecrats is for the poor people!!!
  • by WMS STUDENT Location: WHITESBURG, KY on Apr 15, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    I am a student that participated in the filming of our school i was filmed and appeared on the news. We get along just fine and dandy we have books that might be torn and old but they are completly functional. We have just recived brand new dell flat screen computers to fill our computer labs. Even if we dont have the most money in ky we are a tight knit school and we are fairly sucessful. We have very good scores on our state test and we also have dominating sports teams. Our scores are 2nd in county and we get conunty champs in sports every year. Thank you for taking the time to read this i just thought it would be nice to show the good sides of our little school instead of the bad.
  • by Chrissy Location: Campus on Apr 15, 2008 at 11:18 AM
    I agree with Anonymous Public Schools AND Universities are wasting huge amounts of money on all things not assosciated Education. I am a UK employee and we do not get a raise for 2 years so all you teachers should be happy you got a 1% raise,it sure beats mine. Now if we can only keep the Governor from calling a special session to raise some taxes, I may scrape by for the next few years.
  • by Freda Location: Lexington on Apr 15, 2008 at 10:07 AM
    People working for UK are under payed and in many cases pushed to the back when it comes to benefits, raises or any other perk. Insurance Rates are up, Parking is Up. Eating on Campus is Up, Gas prices today at $3.45 per gallon makes me wonder if going to work is worth the trouble. Get rid of Bashear and Lee Todd. Any body have any ideas on what can be done
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