By Roger S. Pankratz, Joseph M. Petrosko

Now educators, institution board participants, and policymakers can confer with a unmarried quantity for key classes from the nation's so much complete and longest-running college reform version. Written via a nationally popular staff of educators, researchers, and coverage analysts, All young ones Can Learnpresents vital learn findings from the Kentucky reforms, examines significant software components, and analyzes tasks that labored or did not paintings. during the ebook, the authors discover the demanding situations of imposing statewide college switch tasks, provide sound recommendation for overcoming reform hurdles, and proportion priceless innovations for destiny coverage and perform. Reform-minded educators from all kinds of group will locate precious insights as they give some thought to related adjustments.

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Throughout the 1980s the people of Kentucky had been told the coffers for funding new programs were empty, and Wilkinson had been adamant about not raising taxes. If KERA was to be implemented, new revenues had to be generated. Early proposals from legislators included an increase in the state sales tax and a use tax that everyone would pay. Wilkinson (1995, pp. 246–247) strongly believed sales tax was a regressive tax that penalized low-income families. Instead he proposed a plan to reform the state property tax, adjust personal income tax, broaden the sales tax to include services, and increase taxes on cigarettes.

To this day the most active players in the development and passage of KERA say they can’t believe that anything so comprehensive, so bold, and so expensive could have made it through the twists and turns of Kentucky politics. It is all the more amazing when considering the historically low priority Kentucky placed on public education. Ten years later the vision of ordinary people performing extraordinary levels of public service may have faded from our collective consciousness. But the legacy of their achievements endures.

Compared with other components of KERA, school finance reform proved relatively simple to implement. For the most part, policy changes required adaptations in an arithmetic formula controlled by the state. School board members adjusted tax rates as needed and chose whether to add Tier 1 and Tier 2 monies. ) Nowhere was finance implementation as uncertain or as problematic as attempts to implement governance and curricular initiatives that required changes in individuals’ behavior. The central question regarding Kentucky’s new school finance policy was whether SEEK would be able to effect the improvements required by the court.

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