The School budget allocation plays a significant role in the entire educational scenario. The Kentucky Department of Education governs all the federal and state funding activities using allotment and delivery process. However, KDE also affiliate with non-government organizations to organize the allocation of private grants to educational institutions and districts in the entire Kentucky state.
The special federal project called the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) has proved to be a formula based allotment of state offered funds to the regional school districts. The new formula also considers financial support for transport costs and exceptional requirements of students as intimated by the corresponding districts.
The main issues faced by Public Schools are issues related with utilization and allotment of funds. The books offered to students are very old and less in number, in some instances. In many cases most of the students are not even allowed to take their books back home. As the state of Kentucky implemented the Common Core standards, the state administration altered the way students are inducted requiring additional critical viewpoints and abstract learning, as an alternative of the earlier practice of memorization. Many schools still uses learning materials that are over a decade old. This eventually results in excessive work load on teachers to waste their time researching for additional materials. Students are not permitted to take books home due to the reason that many of the schools simply cannot have the funds for getting new books in case they are damaged. The fund allocation issues emerged during the 2008 recession. During that time the state denied funds for study materials, professional equipments learning aids. The difference in fund allocation needs to be critically evaluated and proper corrective measures needs to be taken to enhance the quality of education.
- "U.S. Department of Education." State Contacts and Information. U.S. Department of Education, 1 July 2014. Web. 6 Nov. 2014. <http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html>.
- "SEEK and SEEK Payments." Kentucky Department of Education. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Web. 6 Nov. 2014. <http://education.ky.gov/districts/SEEK/Pages/default.aspx>.