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Louisville Teachers Union Calls For Protests - This Time Against Bevin Vetoes

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"The [Kentucky Education Association] has been a problem", Bevin said.

Some are anxious it will be hard to attract new teachers to Kentucky under the new law.

"By signing this pension-sewage bill, Gov. Bevin and the Republican leadership have just dealt a devastating blow to Kentucky's public education system, public employees, the teaching profession and benefits for first responders", Ben Self, Kentucky Democratic Party Chair said.

"It would be irresponsible and I don't think they want to do the irresponsible thing", Bevin said.

"We agree with Gov. Bevin for vetoing these bills, but for different reasons".

Under the new law, teachers hired after July 1 would see the biggest changes.

Teachers from across the state who rallied in Frankfort last week said they plan to rally there again as lawmakers consider overriding Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of tax and budget measures that would've restored numerous funding cuts Bevin recommended. "And I hope that adults would keep adult disagreements and disputes in a separate place and serve the students that are there to be served", she said, echoing her comments during the West Virginia teachers strike in February.

A teacher advocacy group in Pike County has also called for teachers to attend protests in Frankfort on Friday, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Last week, teachers and other school workers filled the Capitol in Frankfort in a mass rally.

Lawmakers were able to come to a compromise by voting to impose a 6 percent sales tax on services like auto and home repairs along with a 50-cent per pack increase on cigarettes.

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Those new taxes would allow lawmakers to spend $4,000 on every public school student.

Bevin told Terry Meiners on 840 WHAS he signed Senate Bill 151 on Tuesday.

The KEA issued a statement saying the bills aren't flawless, but still calling on the legislature to override Bevin's vetoes.

He also said the bill "is certain to be thrown out in court". Bevin said the budget and the new taxes were not responsible or wise. Cheser says that deadline is too late for school districts, cities, and counties to make decisions about staffing and other budget issues for the upcoming school year.

Lawmakers will have the opportunity to override Bevin's vetoes on Friday or Saturday - the final two days of this year's legislative session. "They're looking out for the best interest of themselves".

The next day, teachers in almost two dozens school districts staged a 'sick out.' So many of them called in sick that districts were forced to close for the day. They also urged Bevin to veto the changes to the teachers' retirement system.

Fayette County Superintendent Manny Caulk has not addressed whether schools will be closed on Friday, though he said Monday that he planned to be in Frankfort and urged others to do the same.

He said he wanted to work with lawmakers "to make sure we come up with a smart, thoughtful, balanced approach to moving forward on both of those fronts".

With only two days left in Kentucky's regular session, KEA wants its members to show up Friday to pressure lawmakers to override the governor's vetos of House Bill 200, which is about the budget and the House Bill 366, which concerns revenue.

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