I blogged twice last week (here and here) about a National Public Radio report that said Louisville’s schools were behind on funding as of 2013. That certainly doesn’t jibe with 2012-13 school funding data from the Kentucky Department of Education or the US Census Bureau, either.
But, NPR is at it again, this time with a report that “Kentucky’s Unprecedented Success In School Funding Is On The Line.”
In this new article, NPR interviews educators from Kentucky’s Wolfe County School District, where the superintendent bemoans, “I feel like our children are being betrayed” regarding recent school funding levels.
Facts are that the latest Revenue and Expenditure Report for 2014-15 from the Kentucky Department of Education shows Wolfe County’s Total Revenue per Pupil was $14,465 in that school term, ranking 32nd best among the state’s 173 school districts.
Statewide, Per Pupil funding was $12,918 in the 2014-15 term.
Just one year prior, Wolf County reportedly got $12,465 per pupil.
So, Wolfe County’s total education dollars per pupil rose by a cool $2,000 in just one year, a 16 percent increase, which is way above inflation.
And, Wolfe County is still complaining about money???? And, NPR is swallowing this???
Common, NPR. How about telling the rest of the story, as the late Paul Harvey so nicely used to put it?