Attorney General Beshear talks education, hopes for the future in Louisville speech

07/19/2018 03:38 PM

LOUISVILLE — “I’ve got your back,” Attorney General Andy Beshear said, as he delivered the keynote speech to hundreds of educators and human service providers in Louisville on Thursday.

Beshear’s speech was met with applause from those in attendance at the Family Resources and Youth Services “Victory Over Violence” conference in downtown Louisville.

The Democratic Attorney General, and so far only declared candidate in the 2019 race for governor, listed highlights from his time in office and said there were better days ahead for those in the state. He sympathized with the crowd over education and funding in the state calling education the “last bastion of the American dream.”

“If it’s going to continue to be who we are as Americans then it is going to be realized in our public schools — and to be realized in our public schools we must not only invest in our family resources centers, we’ve got to fund every public school and every public university in a way that provides real opportunity,” he said.

“You deserve to be respected; our promises should be kept to you, and at the end of the day you should have a seat at the table in Frankfort,” Beshear continued in his speech.

The Attorney General also touched on opioids, and the vast supply pushed on Kentucky by some pharmaceutical companies. Beshear vowed to keep suing those manufacturers in an effort to end the scourge of opiate abuse.

There was also the touch on a more prosperous tomorrow from Beshear.

“I see a tomorrow where you all aren’t cut $4 million, we invest more into you,” he said. “I see a future where no one ever threatens your retirement again. On that topic let me tell you, I want you to stay fired up, and you should be fired up, because no one should ever hide your future in a sewer bill — its wrong.”

“I see a future where you are never, ever called names again — that you are respected, because you are amazing.”

Beshear said the promise wasn’t political — but rather children in need aren’t Democrats and Republicans but “children of God, and your services are ultimately what helps that child.”

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