– Educators don’t agree
It was the underlying fundamental issue that eventually led to the dubiously overreaching Kentucky Supreme Court decision that threw out all of the laws in Kentucky dealing with the operation of public schools. That issue – is funding for Kentucky’s public schools equitable?
Nearly twenty years later, people still don’t agree about whether funding between Kentucky’s richest and poorest districts has gotten closer.
Surprisingly, two very different opinions showed up within days of each other in Kentucky educator Richard Day’s Web site.
The most recent “shot” in the discussion was fired by Georgetown Professor Skip Kifer in “Never a Center Without a Spread.” After looking at a statistical presentation of how the distribution of per pupil funding in Kentucky’s schools changed between 1990 and 2004, Kifer concludes “I do not see the equity in funding. In fact, spreads, a measure of inequity, may have increased.”
OK, but only a few days earlier Day himself, a retired public school principal now also serving as a college professor, posted “Snapshots of Fiscal Equity” (Which does not have a direct link, so scroll down from the Kifer piece to find this one). Here Day concludes, “Equitable funding is KERA’s clearest success.”
Well, if these educators ever figure out if KERA’s funding initiatives succeeded or failed, I hope they let us know.