Kentucky governor says teachers' strike left children vulnerable to sexual assault

Kentucky governor says teachers' strike left children vulnerable to sexual assault

Kentucky governor says teachers' strike left children vulnerable to sexual assault

As they have several times this year, hundreds of Kentucky teachers descended on Frankfort, the capital, on Friday to urge lawmakers to override the governor's vetoes.

The Kentucky rally took on a festival-like atmosphere as some teachers sat in lawn chairs or sprawled out on blankets. Crosby Stills, Nash and Young's hit "Teach Your Children" bellowed from the loud speakers.

The governor began his remarks by attacking students for "hanging out", "smoking", and "leaving trash" during the walkout.

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", the governor said, according to CNN affiliate WDRB.

"I'm offended by the idea that people so cavalierly, and so flippantly, disregarded what's truly best for children", Bevin said.

Officials with the Kentucky Education Association did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Kim Farris, a Dixon Elementary teacher for almost 25 years, says it affects how she teaches and supplies students.

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

Republican lawmakers approved a two-year budget earlier this month that included record increases in public education spending that were to be paid for with an accompanying $480 million tax increase.

Bevin had vetoed both bills, warning the new taxes would not generate enough money to cover the new spending. That the vetoes were desired by them to endure, which would've pressured the Senate to call a special session of the State Legislature to pass a new funding.

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.

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The Kentucky Senate has voted to override Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of House Bill 362, which would let local governments phase-in pension increases.

"You can stand here all day and act like you are all for (education) until it comes time to pay for it". Teachers chanted "We are united, can't be divided" as lawmakers debated whether to override the veto.

Democrats sided with the governor, but for different reasons. They said that the tax growth disproportionately hurts the poor when.

Rep. Jeff Hoover, a Republican from Jamestown, criticized the governor for never calling a special legislative session on tax reform previous year, despite promising to do so.

The vote was 66-28 in the House and 26-12 in the Senate.

House Bill 366, which is the previously vetoed bill pertaining to revenue, was passed through the general assembly again today, and that is exactly what some teachers wanted, as it prmomised more than initially proposed.

The Republican-controlled state Senate will take up the veto next.

In Oklahoma, teachers ended two weeks of walkouts Thursday, shifting their focus to electing pro-education candidates in November.

There were at least 44 school districts that closed because teachers called in sick to attend the rally. "Well, that's a coward", said Republican Rep. Regina Huff, a middle school special education teacher. They are instead focused on education funding and a battle over their pensions. The state has enough money to operate until June 30. The group started by encouraging teachers to wear red to school on Wednesdays, using the hashtag #RedforED in social media posts.

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