More Kentucky Schools Close As Teachers Protest Pension Reform

posted by NewsRadio 840 WHAS -

(FRANKFORT, KY) - Teachers are planning a rally in Frankfort Monday, and are walking out of their classrooms to make it happen.

The Kentucky Education Association says the rally is to remind lawmakers to what's best for the students, but follows last week's quick passage of a pension reform law.  

State lawmakers are also reconvening today and could vote on a two year budget.

Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler believes state lawmakers don't seem to value the importance of teachers and public schools.  She says lawmakers need to "fully fund public education needs".

According to social media reports, it appears nearly every public school district in the state has called off classes for today as teachers and supports descend on Frankfort to protest though many had already been scheduled to be off for spring break.  

The KEA says the rally is to remind lawmakers to what's best for the students, but follows last week's quick passage of a pension reform law.

Kentucky has one of the worst funded public pension systems in the nation.

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