Record number of teachers file to run for General Assembly seats

01/31/2018 09:33 PM

FRANKFORT – Teachers are not happy at what they call an attack on education and they’re fighting back by running for seats in the General Assembly.

Educators gathered in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday for a rally to recognize 40 retired and current teachers and administrators who’ve filed to run for seats in the House and Senate.

Of the 40 educators running for the General Assembly, 34 are teachers and six are administrators.

In total, 23 women and 17 men are running; of which 33 are Democrats and seven are Republicans.

Tina Bojanowski, a special education teacher in Jefferson County, is challenging Rep. Phil Moffett, R-Louisville in the House District 32 general election.

Bojanowski said the movement of educators filing to run began with what they say is an attack on education by the Gov. Matt Bevin and some members of the General Assembly.

“It sort of started with high stakes accountability testing, and educators started tog et worried about education,” Bojanowski said. “Then we had last years session with the charter schools, and this years proposed budget and pension cuts.”

Bojanowski, who has been a resident of District 32 since 1968, feels that her platform will resonate with many voters in the district.

“I would like to hear the voice, the thoughts and concerns of my constituents,” Bojanowski said. “I think working people should have a living wage. I want to take care of those more vulnerable among us.”

Bojanowski feels that having more teachers in the General Assembly will bring about positive change which improves education, not damages it.

“We just need to step up and we need to communicate, and build relationships, and just be logical,” Bojanowski said. “To me, that’s why we stepped up and decided to run because this is not democracy in government as we feel it should be running.”

Jeanie Smith, a Warren County Middle School teacher is opposing incumbent Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, in District 32.

Smith believes that she, as well as other educators who are running for office, have a perspective on the reality of situation that many current legislators do not.

“Teachers are on the front line working to make positive changes for our communities every day,” Smith said. “Education has been under attack for the last several years in particular.”

Smith believes that educators have natural abilities which would lead them to be effective legislators.

“Teachers are natural born leaders,” Smith said. We’re in touch with what’s happening in our community, and we also work every day with students from diverse populations.
We work to facilitate conversation.”

The 2018 primary date is May 22.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

9 Comments

Comments

  • William Madden wrote on February 01, 2018 09:23 AM :

    Unless the law has changed state workers including teachers are prohibited by law to file and run for anything other than non-partisan/non-paying elected positions.

  • William Madden wrote on February 01, 2018 09:23 AM :

    Unless the law has changed state workers including teachers are prohibited by law to file and run for anything other than non-partisan/non-paying elected positions.

  • William Madden wrote on February 01, 2018 09:24 AM :

    Unless the law has changed state workers including teachers are prohibited by law to file and run for anything other than non-partisan/non-paying elected positions.

  • William Madden wrote on February 01, 2018 09:24 AM :

    Unless the law has changed state workers including teachers are prohibited by law to file and run for anything other than non-partisan/non-paying elected positions.

  • William Madden wrote on February 01, 2018 09:25 AM :

    Unless the law has changed state workers including teachers are prohibited by law to file and run for anything other than non-partisan/non-paying elected positions.

  • Charlie wrote on February 01, 2018 10:14 AM :

    Teachers deserve to be represented but who will be serving their students in the classroom during the many days the teacher representative/senator is required to be in Frankfort to serve all their constituents? In addition to the regular sessions every year there are several days of committee meetings and other legislative affairs our representatives should attend. Many of us have occupations that prohibit our serving in the legislature, fiscal courts, etc. or any of the part time commissions that represent us but meet during normal working hours.

    I applaud these folks desire to serve but I can’t figure out how they can without their students suffering from the incoherent disjointed lessons that are bound to occur as the numerous substitute teachers cover their classrooms – sometimes for a day but other times for weeks in a row.

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on February 01, 2018 10:33 AM :

    Charter schools in KY are the worst kind- For Profit charter schools that can cherry pick their students. All using taxpayers money to profit. Profit from the land sales, the construction, the purchase of computers, all for greed. Not for students!

  • Charlie wrote on February 01, 2018 12:25 PM :

    Cumberland Gap, have you never seen a public school Superintendent “profit” from the school system?

  • Cat Balz wrote on February 01, 2018 03:25 PM :

    I can remember some great teachers and I can remember some dimwit clock watchers who were just counting down the days until they could retire before they were fifty. Thanks to the KEA they were (and still are) all treated the same. PS I once knew a woman who used to ask entry level job applicants to answer this math question….what is five times seventeen? It made her cry how many couldn’t answer especially when they had high school diplomas.

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