Frankfort, Ky. (April 8, 2022) – Governor Beshear continues to mislead the public about the Republican legislature’s record on education, the Republican Party of Kentucky said today.
“Yesterday, Andy Beshear continued to mislead the public about the Republican record on education and on raises for public school teachers during this legislative session,” RPK spokesperson Sean Southard said. “In this budget, Republicans put historic funding into the education system, increased SEEK funding, funded all day kindergarten, and fully funded teacher pensions, continuing to dig us out of the hole Andy’s dad left us. With these important investments, school districts and school boards, who actually employ teachers, are empowered to make decisions about employee salaries.”
This year, 52% of the Republican budget went towards education, and included an additional $887 million in SEEK funding. Additionally, the Kentucky School Board Association recently pointed out that 75% of school boards distributed across-the-board staff raises last year.
“It’s sad that Governor Beshear wants to cut the employer in each district out of management decisions,” Southard said. “With 52% of the entire state budget going towards education, this is a budget every Kentuckian can be proud of. With historic funding again this year, school districts are in a good position to make decisions on how best to retain and reward employees. It’s ridiculous that Andy Beshear thinks he can get away with misleading the public on this issue.”