KENTUCKY (WEHT) – Gov. Andy Beshear outlined his budget plan on Monday to make a record $2 billion investment in pre-K–12 education to create a world-class education system across the commonwealth, the single largest investment in this sector in state history.

The Governor’s budget starts with investments in the commonwealth’s youngest learners, providing universal preschool for all four-year-olds and full-day kindergarten for every Kentucky child for the first time ever. The Governor’s budget provides $22.9 million each year to restore funding for professional development as well as textbooks and instructional resources.

“We must meet this moment by ensuring we have a world-class education system to support our future workforce,” said Gov. Beshear. “Perhaps the most important step in ensuring we are never a flyover state ever again is investing in our teachers, schools and students. We are the destination, but to stay a world-class destination for world-class companies, we must have a world-class workforce. And that starts with education.”

The Governor is providing two new grant programs for school districts to provide wrap-around services to students impacted by violence, substance abuse, child abuse and parental incarceration, and other training and resources to help students.