Quality public education is important to all Kentuckians, not just those with children in our schools. Twelve years ago, Kentucky was rated among the worst states in the nation for its education of its children. Since we enacted the Kentucky Education Reform Act our children's education has soared. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (often called "the nations report card"), the improvement in academic performance of Kentucky's children has exceeded almost all other states in the past decade. However, with each year, the demands increase while funding decreases. If we are to continue the advancements in education, schools must be given the funding to do the job and meet the needs of all students.
In Boyle County, we have dedicated teachers, support professionals, administrators, parents, and community members who continue to work hard to strengthen and support public education in our area. Yet, because of the continuing budget cuts, schools are forced to constantly call upon businesses to donate items for all our schools to make up the difference in what we lack from state funding. Although we are fortunate to have great support in Boyle County to help meet the basic needs of our students, schools should not be forced into asking businesses, community members, and parents to financially support the schools' and students' needs that the state should be funding.