Kentucky teachers participate in 'blackout' in response to governor's comments
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Many Kentucky teachers wore black Monday in response to Gov. Matt Bevin's comments regarding a teacher rally and school closures Friday.
The teachers called the demonstration "Black Out Bevin."
Kentucky educators brought a strong presence to Frankfort as the legislature wrapped up its 2018 Regular Session Friday and Saturday in hopes of lawmakers overriding the governor's budget and tax bill vetoes. Many school districts closed as a result, which led to Bevin offering criticism of the actions of participants.
"I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone."
Bevin would later apologize to those offended following the comments.
"It was just insane what he was saying about teachers," teacher Shanna Patton said.
Some teachers are spending class time discussing issues facing Kentucky educators and lawmakers, including the pension system and SEEK funding. While they are demonstrating, some teachers say they are trying to keep the negative political back-and-forth out of the classrooms.
"We want to black out all of the bad messaging and negative comments that have been thrown our way and keep the focus on our students," teacher Marie Stevens said.
Bevin is still not done with education policy matters. He says he is considering a special session, partly because lawmakers did not pass school safety legislation.