By: Cayla Amshoff
Kentucky Public School teachers protested for what they feel is right. Three things protested, in recent teacher protests in Kentucky, were funding of public education, perceived negative changes to the state employee’s pension plan, and lastly the funding of private sourced education/ voucher system. Kentucky governor Matt Bevin believed that at the time the Kentucky Education Association needed budget cuts. The drastic changes that Governor Bevin was trying to pass did not only involve public school teachers, but it also included firefighters and police officers. On April 13, 2018 all state workers such as teachers, police officers, EMT’s, and firefighters gathered at the state capitol to make a statement about the reform bill that Governor Matt Bevin was trying to pass. Many do not know that it wasn’t just teachers, but it affected many others. Teachers have called in sick in order to protest, which has called schools in many counties to be cancelled.
On Friday afternoon Governor Matt Bevin publicly said, “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.” He then went on to say more about how children would be introduced to drugs for the first time because they were left alone at home. When the Republican Governor was making his statement about the teachers protest on Friday, there were many mixed feelings about what he said. Two days later Governor Bevin apologized for the comments he had made on Friday while the teachers were in Frankfort. Many are still questioning his apology because they would say it was disingenuous.