"I think we're going to get to a point
where we have to say 'enough is enough'
on the reductions for our kids...
We have to figure out new revenue streams
...just to bring us back to where we were.
-- Stu Silberman
New Prichard Committee honcho Stu Silberman sat down with Bill Goodman on KET last week. Among other topics, he took on funding.
Silberman is the former superintendent of Daviess County and Fayette County Public Schools, and has recently been named the executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. He grew up
in Long Island, NY attended college at U T Chattanooga and taught chemistry and physics in Chattanooga before becoming the Daviess Co Supt for 9 years. He became Fayette's County's 5th Superintendent in a 3 year period and completed 7 years of a ten year commitment before retiring. He brought with him what he called his mantra, "It's about Kids."He shares his views on Kentucky education and what would he like to accomplish in his new post.
"We wouldn't be where we are today ...if it wasn't for the Prichard Committee"
"the umbrella of poverty covers the achievement gap"
"We have to figure out a way to support teachers in [closing the achievement gap]"
Funding is definitely an issue.
"As much as our governor and our legislators have tried to protect[schools] in the reductions, schools have been hit hard." The base has stayed the same but the supports around our teachers and our kids ...are eroding away."
We're going to pay the price for lack of funding in preschool.
Kentucky has had no textbooks money for 3 years.
"At some point in the near future, we're going to have to take another look at the SEEK Formula. The SEEK Formula really did its job to bring some equity to funding across our state, and its gotten to a point where we are going to have to revisit that. However, I think the bigger issue is the adequacy issue."
"The SEEK Formula does a pretty good job of assuring there's equity, but if there's no money to go around the places that don't have a local tax base really get hurt the hardest."