“Section 183 General Assembly to provide for school system.
The General Assembly shall, by appropriate legislation, provide for an efficient system of common schools throughout the State (Emphasis Added).”
Quoted from: Kentucky Constitution
Here’s the problem. It has been three decades since the Kentucky Supreme Court’s Rose v. Council for Better Education decision determined that:
“‘Efficient,’ in the Kentucky constitutional sense was defined as a system which required ‘substantial uniformity, substantial equality of financial resources and substantial equal educational opportunity for all students.’”
Clearly, to comply with the constitution the state must have a good handle on education’s financial resources. And, we need that information to be accurate down to the school level.
But, we don’t have that – Not even close.
Our review of newly developed files from the Kentucky Department of Education for School Level Revenues 2016-17 and School Level Expenditures 2016-17 indicates that 30 years after the Rose decision, Kentuckians still lack the financial information needed to even begin to address whether each school has a “substantial equality of financial resources” at its disposal.