Bluegrass Institute Proposal


Jim Waters, with the Bluegrass Institute, says he's concerned that parents aren't able to choose the school their children attend and take the funding with them. He says: "We became concerned because some parents were being denied school choice in some communities where they'd had it before."

The Bluegrass Institute is proposing new legislation to allow parents to choose where their kids go to school and to be able to take state funding with them. Waters says: "We think that would provide a better education for a student who does want to transfer to a different school, and it would motivate poorer performing schools to make changes and to improve their education and results."

Educators say under this proposal, school districts would live in uncertainty not knowing how much funding they would have, and it would be difficult to make plans for the future.

Joe Tinius, with Bowling Green City Schools, says : "In the way of dollars how do you make plans to build new schools, or close schools if parents have the opportunity to come or go anytime."

Tinius says each student in the state currently gets around $3,800 in funding, and the schools need that money to buy supplies and equipment to help the children succeed. He says : "You have to have certain things which require funds, in order to do that."

However, those with the institute say under their proposal losing money is a fact schools will have to accept if they perform poorly.

Those with the Bowling Green School District say under the No Child Left Behind law that's already in place, if schools don't perform to the state's standards for two consecutive years, parents already have the option of transferring their students.

For more information on the Bluegrass Institute's proposal you can log onto http://www.kentuckyalliance.org.


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