We Can't Wait
Kentucky slashed per-pupil spending in 2013, one of 15 states to do so, and investment in education stagnated despite inflation.
The Student Voice Team launched our own "We Can’t Wait" campaign in collaboration with the Kentucky Education Action Team's "Our Kids Can't Wait" campaign to draw attention to the funding challenges Kentucky’s K-12 schools faced and push for increased education spending in the 2014 session. Students on our team drew attention to funding disparities by publishing op-ed pieces, sharing roundtables they conducted across the state, and curating Instagram posts of students calling for more funding.
The project resulted in a $189 million increase in Kentucky’s main school funding formula, SEEK, leading to raises for teachers and other school employees.
We also saw a significant increase in investments in early childhood programs (the first time in eight years), including:
$96 million to restore child care subsidy funds to help hundreds of working families
$18 million to expand preschool for thousands of lower-income 4-year olds and
$9 million for the HANDS home visiting program to ensure more of Kentucky’s youngest kids have a smooth transition from home to school
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