School districts across the state close as teachers call-in after pension bill passes

03/30/2018 08:58 AM

One-by-one school districts across central Kentucky announced their closure the day before spring break, as Republicans in the House and Senate rammed through a mystery pension reform bill.

The 291 page bill was not made public, and was inserted into a waste-sewage piece of legislation on Thursday, and then sent though the lower and upper chambers with Republicans carrying the bill.

Fayette County schools was among the first to announce a closure on Thursday night, as more than a thousand teachers called in sick from work and there were not enough substitutes to cover the absences.

“All Fayette County Public Schools will be closed on Friday, March 30, 2018 due to having more than a third of our school employees out,“the school district wrote online just after the bill passed the Senate floor.

Clark County, Jessamine County, Scott County and others quickly followed suit. On Friday morning, Jefferson County Public Schools and outlying districts also called off schools as teachers called-in in protest of the General Assembly’s move to slash benefits.

In total more than a dozen schools canceled on Friday.

Teacher’s have come out in mass in recent weeks at the state Capitol to protest the legislation. The teacher’s have promised to vote-out lawmakers voting for the pension bill.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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