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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – A Kentucky lawmaker has deleted his Twitter account after receiving backlash from a tweet criticizing teachers.

Sen. Stephen Meredith, R – Leitchfield, responded to a WKYT story about the number of educators running for office in Kentucky.

The tweet, which has since been deleted along with his account, said “40% of high school grads can’t read or do math. Yes, let’s see what they can do with state government.”

Meredith may have been referring to an August 2000 Legislative Research Commission report stating 40 percent of Kentucky’s working age population (ages 16-64) can either not read at all or have very limited to moderate literacy levels.

The same report did not list any statistics regarding math proficiency.

Meredith’s tweet led to backlash from many, including Democratic Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes.

The Kentucky Education Association declined to comment on the tweet.

Stephen Meredith’s legislative page still lists his @slmeredithky1 Twitter handle. WKYT tried to call Meredith, but the home phone number listed on the page was disconnected.

WDRB-TV in Louisville talked to Meredith over the phone Wednesday evening. He told them he wanted teachers to know running for office is difficult and he regrets the impression he’s left.

Meredith told WDRB he has no plans to reactivate his Twitter account.

Meredith began serving in the Kentucky Senate in 2017. He represents portions of Breckinridge, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart, Larue and Meade Counties.