Mason County teachers were covered in "black and blue" Friday to illustrate the pain educational budget cuts could deliver to schools and teachers.
Local educators were joined by teachers throughout the state who dressed in black and blue to remind the community and state lawmakers of proposed additional cuts in funding for Kentucky's public schools that could leave schools "black and blue," according to officials from the Kentucky Education Association.
Mike Ross, president of the Mason County Education Association, said KEA began an awareness campaign after the first of the year in response to the budget crisis facing public schools. The "Keep Kentucky Learning" campaign has increased efforts statewide to raise awareness.
Each school in the Mason County system offered buttons designed for the occasion by KEA and teachers distributed information in addition to wearing the designated "black and blue" colors. Buttons read, "Education Cuts Never Heal" as staff hoped those who saw the buttons would realize the impact education cuts make on the community and its future, officials said.
Mason County Superintendent Tim Moore said Friday he hopes the community will become involved.
"I hope it's something everyone can support," Moore said.
According to KEA, public schools are among only three state services required by the commonwealth's constitution. The organization claims cuts that have already been made in areas including education, school safety, preschool, extended school services, professional development and textbooks have slowed down development and progress in Kentucky schools.
Moore has spent two days in Frankfort this week working with state officials and hoping for the best.
"A lot of work is being done," said Moore, who admits he is still not certain what the end results will be.
Moore said he expects to find a compromise with changes in assessment to help revenue enhancement.
"I'm not sure what they will end up doing," said Moore.
To find out more information go to http://www.keepkentuckylearning.org/.
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