Ky. Education Chief Warns of Possible Layoffs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Department of Education has asked lawmakers for $336 million more in state funding for the 2014-16 budget biennium to restore funding to pre-recession levels.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is warning that school districts will have to cut up to 2,000 teachers and teaching assistants if lawmakers don't restore school funding cuts.

Media reported that Holliday made the comments Wednesday during a break at the state Board of Education meeting.

The Department of Education has asked lawmakers for $336 million more in state funding for the 2014-16 budget biennium to restore funding to pre-recession levels.

Holliday says tax reform and expanded gambling could provide more revenue for the state to use for education.

Lawmakers have said they would like to restore funding cuts to school districts if possible.

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