Kentucky teachers rally in 'day of action' at state Capitol

Kentucky Lawmakers Override Governor Veto on Tax, Budget Bills

Kentucky House overrides veto of school funding bill

Thousands of public school teachers rallied Friday at the Capitol, urging lawmakers to override the vetoes anyway. "As a mother, suggesting children were abused as a prop for his political rhetoric is disturbing and absurdly in poor taste".

Bevin went on to say that "some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone".

Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler said Friday night she was appalled at Bevin's comment.

Bevin said "for a fact. hundreds of thousands" of children were left home alone because schools were closed in 39 districts across the state to allow teachers and administrators to protest funding cuts. They don't get paid whether they go to work or not, they don't have an option and some of them were given literally a matter of hours. Most teachers and school staff arrived on school buses, disembarking while the Crosby Stills, Nash and Young song "Teach Your Children" played from some loud speakers.

School was canceled in more than 30 districts statewide — including Kentucky's two largest in Louisville and Lexington — to accommodate all the teachers and other school workers wanting to attend the latest rally. "I'm offended by the idea that people so cavalierly and so flippantly disregarded what's truly best for children".

"I don't want to be out of my classroom".

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Educators want those bills to become law because they generate new revenue which will restore funding to public education - funding that Bevin proposed cutting.

Bevin vetoed both bills because he said the new taxes won't generate enough money to cover the new spending.

The Republican-led Kentucky legislature has rebuffed Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes of the two-year state budget and revenue bills, prompting cheers from teachers assembled in the State Capitol Rotunda. The Senate voted 20-18 and the House voted 57-40 Friday to override that veto.

"You can stand here all day and act like you are all for (education) until it comes time to pay for it". But the Oklahoma Education Association wanted teachers' raises to be $10,000 on average.

Senate Minority Floor Leader Ray S. Jones II, D-Pikeville, spoke against the veto override.

It also seemed odd watching Democrats voting to support a Republican governor, one a lot of them strongly dislike. Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation raising teacher salaries by about $6,100 and providing millions in new education funding, but many say schools need more money.

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The House's vote was 66-28 to override Bevin's veto of House Bill 200. She said teachers will push to elect candidates that will put more money towards public education.

The increase is possible because of a more than $480 million tax increase approved in a separate bill.

Republicans - with an eye toward the gallery filled with red-clad teachers - said Democrats were hypocritical because they champion education while voting against the revenue bill and budget which funds increases to education.

In a letter, Kentucky Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Hal Heiner says there's been a 27% increase in education funding since 2011.

In Oklahoma, the largest teachers union ended a nine-day walkout Thursday, but educators there vow to continue fighting.

"It makes sure we fully fund the request of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System for a full pension contribution", McDaniel said.

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