"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".
"Surely as we're having this conversation, children were harmed. some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time, because they were vulnerable and left alone.it's offensive, frankly, it really is", Bevin told the Courier-Journal.
As Kentucky teachers declare victory after the Republican-dominated legislature overrode vetoes from the state's GOP governor of a spending plan that included new money for education, the question going forward is whether teachers will be able to sustain their momentum into the fall elections when Republicans will try to defend their super majority. The legislators pushed to stop the funding cuts after weeks of protests by teachers, who have been frustrated by a pension reform bill for public employees and the planned budget cuts to education.
Somewhere in Kentucky children were sexually assaulted, exposed to drugs or hurt because schools were closed Friday as teachers across the state rallied at the Capitol, Gov. Matt Bevin told reporters Friday night. But 57 House Republicans, later joined by just enough Senate Republicans, voted to override, asserting their independence after a tumultuous year marred by a sexual harassment scandal. 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.
"Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?" Lastly, lawmakers overrode the governor's veto of a bill that phases in increases in pension contributions by local governments and school districts. The vote was 66-28 in the House and 26-12 in the Senate.
"This next budget bill will be better. They don't get paid whether they go to work or not", Bevin said.
Teachers and lawmakers both made it clear that even though the budget and tax reform plans aren't where they'd like to see them, but they would rather go forward with what the current bills propose.
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The teachers were protesting for their retirement benefits and for more education funding from the state, reportedly causing more than 30 school districts around the state to close due to the lack of available teachers, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Sammi Hatfield teaches third grade in Montgomery County. "I think they're indefensible". "But what they're doing now impacts my students and their students".
Plus, the budget would eliminate several ancillary education programs like teacher professional development and grants for textbooks and other instructional materials.
"When we become more competitive, we create more jobs", Thayer said.
"There are protests and rallies going on all across this commonwealth".
This fall, all 100 seats in the state House are up for re-election and half of the 38 seats in the Senate.
Pension is often the only income source after leaving the school system; according to the Herald-Leader, retired teachers in Kentucky can not collect Social Security.