Beshear says he's determined to find school funds

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear is making his case for the state to start reinvesting in education funding.

Beshear told state lawmakers in his annual State of the Commonwealth speech that schools have stretched every dollar as far as they can, and now they're out of options.

The governor said Tuesday night that he's determined to find money to reinvest in education, even if he has to make "harmful cuts" to other, unspecified government programs to do so.

Beshear says if the state continues to cut or freeze education funding, schools face the prospect of laying off teachers, increasing class sizes and falling behind in technology.

The Department of Education has asked lawmakers for an additional $336 million to restore funding to pre-recession levels.

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