Most laws affecting public education originate from the state government, including curriculum standards and how schools are funded. Federal law protects the privacy of students' academic records, but some states provide additional measures to ensure confidentiality. All states require children of a certain age range to attend formal schooling, whether it's public, private, religious, or home school. Although federal law prohibits the establishment of religion in public schools, Kentucky statute includes a prayer for teachers to read at the beginning of class. The state also allows the use of corporal punishment as a means of discipline. Click on a link below to learn more about Kentucky education laws.