Education was spared the blade despite harsh cuts in many other areas Jan. 21 as Gov. Steve Beshear outlined his 2014-2016 budget proposal to legislators.
The most important investments in the governor’s proposed budget are in K-12 education.
The largest item is SEEK, the main funding formula for classrooms. From 2000 to 2008, SEEK grew an average of 3.4 percent each year. But from 2008 to 2014, funding flatlined – even as enrollment expanded, costs increased and local support in some areas declined.