Kentucky Governor Blames Teacher Protest For Inevitable Assault Of Children Left Home Alone
15 April, 2018, 01:28
"I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were left alone because a single parent didn't have any money to take care of them".
On Friday, just hours after protesting teachers flooded Kentucky's capitol building to rally against a pension reform plan and call for increased school funding, the state's Republican governor, Matt Bevin, suggested school closures caused by the striking educators were endangering children.
Organizers say there is still a lot of uncertainty and want legislators to know they're in Frankfort to support and preserve funding for public education.
Teachers unions slammed the comments as incredibly offensive.
I want to be in my classroom instructing future citizens, but I'm afraid that spending at the state level is getting worse and worse and we need those dollars for a 21st century education, " said Stephanie Ikanovic, who has been a teacher for 21 years. They said the tax increase disproportionately harms the poor while benefiting the wealthy. "Is that what he thinks happens to Kentucky kids at night or on weekends?"
Both chambers of the legislature need to override the governor's vetoes or pass new budget and tax bills in order to avoid Bevin calling a special legislative session in the coming months. "Indeed, what teachers are doing through their actions is acting as a human shield for their students", added Weingarten. "I don't agree with these comments & I find them repulsive".
"With that reasoning we would never have any vacation or breaks in school, and who knows what would happen in the summer", he said.
John Chilton, Bevin's budget director, said he understands lawmakers have new bills to raise revenue and govern spending and could introduce them soon.
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