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Mon December 22, 2008
Budget Cuts Hitting KET Hard
By Kentucky Public Radio
Frankfort, KY – Education Secretary Helen Mountjoy says Kentucky Educational Television is a member of the 18-percent club. That means they've already experienced an 18-percent reduction in their budget in the current calendar year. Now, they're facing another four-percent cut. "An additional four-percent cut in KET amounts to over a half-million dollars. And it's going to mean that they're probably going to have to reduce eight more positions."
If so, that will mean a 34-percent reduction in KET staff in less than one year, the lowest staffing level in over 30 years. Mountjoy says without new revenue, KET will have to halt production of high school courses and its GED series, and reduce coverage of the General Assembly.