State budget cuts have forced Kentucky public schools to eliminate nearly 1,000 positions.
Eighty-nine of the state’s 174 districts have cut a total of 975 jobs, 455 of which are classified positions, which is the status given to teachers.
Not all of the eliminated jobs were filled at the time of the cuts, but Kentucky School Boards Association spokesperson Brad Hughes says any reductions in staff will ultimately hinder educational progress.
“If you’re reducing the number of opportunities that children have for say a calculus class, or tougher classes out there, if you’re reducing the amount of one on one time between students and teachers or if you’re eliminating positions like teachers’ aides to work with students you’re going to have an impact on learning,” says Hughes.
Parts of Kentucky’s education budget remained flat this year while other line items were slashed.