Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Bevin Says Teacher Protests Left Students Vulnerable To Sex Abuse, Poison

Bevin Says Teacher Protests Left Students Vulnerable To Sex Abuse, Poison

Kentucky House Democrats have filed a resolution condemning Republican Gov. Matt Bevin for his comments saying children were sexually abused while teachers rallied at the state Capitol.

Bevin's comments came after thousands of teachers swarmed the Capitol, majority hoping lawmakers would override his vetoes on budget and revenue bills. Lawmakers did override Bevin vetoes and the new spending became law.

"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", Bevin said, according to a video posted to Twitter by a reporter for WDRB-TV.

The public education advocacy group Pike County Strong is asking teachers to call in sick Thursday night in order to close schools Friday and allow teachers to rally in Frankfort.

He also said the pension bill, House Bill 151, which was signed, was a start to the growing pension problems in the state, but did not solve the problem.

The House and the Senate voted to override the Governor's vetoes to both the budget and tax bills.While legislation says there is much more work to be done to fix the shortfall, the approval is one that can have an immediate impact, especially in public education.

Kentucky's two-year operating budget includes record new spending for public education, fueled by a 50-cent increase in the cigarette tax and a 6 percent sales tax on some services including home and auto fix. Bevin said Hoover, "a married man, was sexually involved with a very young single member of his staff and was paying hush money to hide his actions". The state has enough money to operate until June 30.

The governor began his remarks by attacking students for "hanging out", "smoking", and "leaving trash" during the walkout. The budget override then passed the Senate with a 26-12 vote. But Bevin vetoed both the budget and the money in it, calling the bills "sloppy" and "non-transparent".

Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education on Friday. He said he met with House and Senate leaders all week to propose a more "responsible way to pay for 100 percent of the requested education funding".

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"I'm not going to comment on something I'm just hearing about", he said.

"That's why teachers were in Frankfort, not to stand up for themselves, but to stand up for funding for their schools and their kids so they'd have what they need to help them be successful".

Lawmakers return Friday for the last two days of the 2018 regular session and Bevin indicated the budget and tax reform may or may not need to call a special session later.

The budget would also issue 6.25 percent cuts to extended school services like after-school, summer school and pre-school programs.

Teachers got the blame, as Bevin said some single parents can not afford childcare and can not afford to take time off work to watch their children.

"There are protests and rallies going on all across this commonwealth".

Friday is the 59th day of the 60-day legislative session, which must end by law Saturday at midnight.

The agendas from Kentucky arrived amid educator protests at Oklahoma and Arizona more than instruction funding and educator cover.

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