30 years later, has that happened?
The famous Rose v. Council for Better Education Kentucky Supreme Court decision from 1989 is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, reminding us that the Kentucky State Constitution stipulates in Section 183 that:
“The General Assembly shall, by appropriate legislation, provide for an efficient system of common schools throughout the State.”
Now, 30 years later, a discussion is under way about the real impact of Rose and the resulting legislation, the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990, commonly called KERA. At issue:
- What worked?
- How much success has really been achieved?
- Is the state getting a more efficient school system that works for our kids?
Looking for information on that efficiency question, we came across some interesting statistics about the shift in the proportion of teachers compared to other school staff in Kentucky. This information makes it look like in the area of effective school staffing, the constitutional requirement not only is far from being met, but the state actually seems to be going in the opposite direction.
To see our evidence, just click the “Read more” link.