Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky is facing a record-breaking teaching shortage this year, with many teachers leaving and fewer replacing them. Teachers say they are overworked and receive low pay, are verbally or physically abused by students, and are not cared for by their school districts. Gov. Beshear proposed to solve the problem by increasing teacher’s pay and implementing a student loan forgiveness program. But is throwing more money at the problem going to solve fundamental flaws in the system? Will more money solve the growing student discipline issue? Will a pay increase convince teachers to go along with the LGBT curriculum pushed by the Kentucky Department of education? Many teachers may deserve a pay raise. But we also need to realize that fundamental fixes are needed to fix a broken system.