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Mathematics Tops the Agenda for Kentucky’s Chief Executive

By David J. Hoff — February 13, 2007 1 min read
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Gov. Ernie Fletcher named improving mathematics achievement his top education priority for Kentucky in his Feb. 6 State of the State address, proposing an extra $7 million for the state’s Math Achievement Fund, which supports schools’ efforts to diagnosis students’ math deficiencies and to intervene to improve their achievement.

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The Republican governor, who faces re-election this fall, is seeking to double financing for the 2-year-old program in the 2007-08 school year. The expansion would mean more than 100 schools would participate in that year.

Mr. Fletcher also challenged legislators to work with him to create a long-term plan to finance construction and repair of K-12 schools. “The plan, at a minimum, will bring all school facilities to a level where the condition of the school building does not impede a child’s ability to learn,” he said in his speech.

The state currently is spending $50 million in the two-year budget covering fiscal 2007 and fiscal 2008 to support districts’ efforts to fix schools or build new ones. Gov. Fletcher said he would support a supplementary budget request for school construction money, but he did not propose an amount.

The first-term governor also proposed adding $20 million to the fiscal 2008 budget for college tuition assistance based on students’ financial needs.

Read a complete transcript of Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s 2007 State of the Commonwealth address. Posted by Kentucky’s Office of the Governor.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 14, 2007 edition of Education Week


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