Expectations versus reality.
Jennifer Green, a Franklin County High School graduate, said while studying at the University of Kentucky to become a special education teacher she learned about great programs and equipment that can help students with severe disabilities.
Now, after two years as a special education teacher at Western Hills High School, she's saddened that a lack of money keeps her students from getting the help they need and deserve.
"I never dreamed it would be so hard to get things we need for our classrooms," said Green, a 25-year-old Frankfort resident. "That's what is so disheartening - to think of things that would help but having no way to get them."
But hope is what carried her to the Capitol grounds Wednesday afternoon to stand in the cold with about 21,000 other educators from across Kentucky and tell legislators state funding for education must increase.
"If they want us to keep getting better and better and better, why are they taking away money and teachers and classes that will help us get better?," Green asked. "Cuts are directly affecting every student. Bigger classes and fewer teachers doesn't seem like a good answer to me to our education problems."
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