May 26, 2018

Kentucky Governor Apologizes For Comments On Teachers' Strike

18 April 2018, 12:21 | Clyde Nash

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

"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 said.

"I hurt a lot of people". "The governor also characterized Friday's protest outside the Kentucky Capitol building - where thousands of teachers and school personnel gathered to demonstrate for better pay and pension reform - as an excuse for those employees to "[hang] out" and "[take] the day off".

'I'm sorry for those of you, every single one of you, that has been hurt by things that I've said, ' Bevin said.

In Sunday's video, Bevin apologized to those who were hurt by the things that were said, and that it wasn't his intent to cause harm.

The teachers called the demonstration "Black Out Bevin".

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Governor Bevin apologized to those who he offended during his comments.

In a almost four-minute-long video posted to his Twitter account, Bevin talks about "unintended consequences" and "misunderstandings". More than 30 school districts closed Friday and Bevin's comments came not long after lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of an operating budget that included more spending on public education and an accompanying tax increase.

"The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible", Wise wrote. I think he's gotten so much heat that he had to say something.

On Saturday, a day after Bevin's remarks, the Kentucky House of Representatives condemned the governor in two separate resolutions. In Arizona, protests and walkouts triggered Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's promise of a 20 percent raise by 2020. West Virginia teachers walked out for nine days, forcing a 5 percent pay increase in March. Education groups argue that less generous retirement funds may dissuade younger people from becoming teachers. "Let's work together, we need to work together", he said.

Heiner, a former member of the Louisville Metro Council, was one of four Republican contestants in the 2015 Republican gubernatorial primary won by Bevin who subsequently appointed him Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. So it's unusual that he felt justified in vetoing a recent bill that would increase funding for schools. He vowed to call a special session "to pass a transparent and properly balanced budget" in a separate tweet. You know what might help next time? Teachers groups say these changes to the pension system could discourage people from pursuing a career in education. "We have to have this revenue to fund our schools".

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