Decision on state education cuts may not come until January

A decision on possible cuts in state education funding might not come until January, according to word from Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

Holliday said Friday in an e-mail to school officials around the state that he had held several meetings to discuss budgetary concerns, adding that "no final decisions will be made until early January."

The education department said this week that it was planning to cut its budget by about $20 million — if necessary — as a part of Gov. Steve Beshear's overall effort to reduce state expenditures by 6 percent to offset revenue shortfalls.

Officials have said that could involve reductions in many education programs, ranging from preschool to dropout reduction to gifted and talent ededucation.

Holliday said in his e-mail that until a budget decision is made, talk about reductions is "just speculation."