Candidates Face Educational Challenges

In Kentucky's gubernatorial race, education officials say the winner of the upcoming election will have plenty of challenges when it comes to the state's educational system.

Longtime Superintendent Jack Moreland says the states commitment to schools has declined since the 1990 Education Reform Law.

He says most issues boil down to money and schools need more of it to meet expectations for student performance.

Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher says during his first term, there was higher state education funding, improved teacher salaries and better student test scores.

His Democratic challenger Steve Beshear says his goal is to make preschool available to every three or four-year-old child on a voluntary basis.

Currently, the state limits preschool funding to children meeting disability or family income guidelines.

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