Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Kentucky governor apologizes after comments on teacher protests

Kentucky governor apologizes after comments on teacher protests

"I hurt a lot of people".

Bevin had been in a battle of words with the Kentucky Education Association during the session, criticizing the teachers' union and its members of having "a thug mentality", of being "selfish and greedy" and of demonstrating in Frankfort in order to "hang out" and miss work. "I know a tremendous amount of people didn't fully appreciate what I was communicating".

"I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were was not my intent".

Teachers across the state are dressed in black today Monday in solidarity against Bevin's remarks.

After electing a Republican governor in 2015 and giving the party full control of the state legislature for the first time in 2016, it seemed the GOP had solidified its grip on Kentucky for years to come.

In a four-minute video posted Sunday night, Bevin referenced comments he'd made last week following a contentious voting process meant to address the teachers' strike.

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'I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were left alone because a single parent didn't have any money to take care of them'.

"The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible", Wise wrote. "There is no rational comment I could make to that", Winkler said, the Courier-Journal reported.

On Saturday, the Kentucky House of Representatives condemned Bevin in two separate resolutions over his remarks.

In Oklahoma, however, teachers reluctantly ended their own nine-day walkout Thursday after state legislators agreed to give them a modest $6,100 pay increase (school professionals will receive $1,250). On April 12, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey promised teachers a 20% pay increase over the next two years, as well as an additional $1 billion in school funding that had previously been cut from the state's budget. Education groups argue that less generous retirement funds may dissuade younger people from becoming teachers. However, officials from both Erlanger-Elsemere and Bellevue said Bevin's proposed education cuts - not the one-day absence of teachers - would "severely reduce" services that provide forms of childcare before and after school, including kindergarten, preschool and tutoring.

"I don't want to be out of my classroom. You are quite right - we all need each other". So it's unusual that he felt justified in vetoing a recent bill that would increase funding for schools.

"It was just insane what he was saying about teachers", teacher Shanna Patton said.

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