April 15, 2016
Statement on General Assembly Passing the Budget
The Prichard Committee Student Voice Team thanks the General Assembly for passing a budget which puts lottery funds toward their intended purpose: supporting students to further their education. For the first time in Kentucky history, all lottery revenue will be used to fund college scholarships. The Commonwealth honored the Powerball Promise.
We are pleased that the College Access Program and the Kentucky Tuition Grant received a substantial increase in funding. Additionally, lottery revenue will support Work Ready Kentucky, a promising initiative which we hope will make postsecondary education more attainable for all Kentucky students.
We thank the Governor and the General Assembly for making college scholarships a priority and keeping Kentucky students in mind during the final budget negotiations. We also thank our adult allies for their support and encouragement throughout the session. And above all else, we thank the students of Kentucky who tirelessly worked to bring attention to this historically overlooked issue. This is a testament to what is possible when students are engaged as full partners in improving our education system.
The Kentucky Student Voice Team is an independent, youth-led, statewide organization that supports students as research, policy, and advocacy partners to ensure Kentucky’s education system is as equitable, just, and as excellent as it can be. Until 2021, it was part of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, an independent, nonpartisan, citizen-led organization working to improve education in Kentucky—early childhood through postsecondary.