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Tue February 23, 2010
Education Leaders Balk At Cutting School Days
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – The House budget plan unveiled last week rolls back two classroom days, for a savings of around 34-million dollars a year over the next biennium. The proposal is drawing fire from education groups, but House Speaker Greg Stumbo says Kentucky will still have more instructional hours than many surrounding states. "Hopefully, if the economy gets better, perhaps this time two years from now, the General Assembly will be able to add those days back. But, the point is, there's no evidence at all that indicates that my adding two more days that the learning process is positively affected."
The budget plan also includes two percent cuts to the universities, and Stumbo says university presidents are seeking a meeting with him this week to discuss the matter.