Beshear calls for more investment in education ahead of General Assembly session – WKYT

by | Oct 27, 2022 | Education

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – Governor Andy Beshear says that he will push for more investment in education ahead of the next session of the General Assembly.In the wake of national and state-wide test scores showing the impact of the pandemic on learning and teacher retention, the Governor on Thursday laid out a number of priorities that he will be taking to the General Assembly to push education forward.He said now is the time, or even past time, to make meaningful investments in teachers, students and staff.“We have to have bus drivers, just like we have to have our custodians, just like we have to have those who work in the lunch room,” Gov. Beshear said. “Each school is that village that wraps their arms around those students and everyone in that building is critical.”The Governor said the most recent data shows that we have nearly 11,000 teaching vacancies and that is, in part, leading to the lower scores that we’re seeing in the national report card and state report card.The pandemic has played a big role in this too, but the Governor says in order to rebound from those the state needs to invest.He called for a 5% across-the-board pay raise for all school staff members, investment in …

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