Whither Education in Kentucky?
This chapter explores the reforms brought about through the Kentucky Education Reform Act and the changes that occurred in higher education from the Patton years to the near present. Education in Kentucky in the latter decades of the twentieth century could not help but change, owing to the forces both within the state and beyond that pushed for reform. In the early twenty-first century, Kentucky appeared to have the most integrated public school system in the nation. Public higher education in Kentucky, under the leadership of the Council on Higher Education from the mid-1980s into the 1990s, continued to search for a better way to fund an increasingly expensive system. The year 2006 may have been a high-water mark early in the new century for public higher education in Kentucky. As it has happened throughout the history of Kentucky, education moves forward in fits and starts, regressing during difficult economic times or because of indifference by the citizens of the state.
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