Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Teachers to rally in Frankfort Friday

Credit Courtesy of Noraa Ransey Credit Courtesy of Noraa Ransey
Charlie Simmons | 15 April, 2018, 01:04

The educators don't all agree on whether the General Assembly should override Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of the state budget bill, but there is a consensus that teachers will keep up the pressure until they get the funding result they want.

Erlanger-Elsmere and Gallatin County school districts announced ahead of time Thursday that they are closing so teachers can head to Frankfort and protest pension reform.

Senate budget Chairman Chris McDaniel quickly responded, saying that legislators budgeted about $96 million in "excess funds" - in other words, more income than spending - and they added $50 million more to the state's "rainy day" reserve fund. "I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent doesn't have any money to take care of them", Gov. Bevin said. "I don't know that it's true for them", said Goodman.

The governor's response to the striking teachers sparked outcry and disbelief from state lawmakers and educators. But 57 House Republicans, later joined by just enough Senate Republicans, voted to override, asserting their independence after a tumultuous year marred by a sexual harassment scandal.

Bevin had vetoed both bills, warning the new taxes would not generate enough money to cover the new spending.

"Raises roughly $480 million in new revenue to put towards our pension systems, to restore cuts to education that were important to us, and so I think there will be a positive effect on the budget as a whole", Meredith mentioned.

While schools in more than 30 districts are expected to be closed today because of the number of teachers taking part, McCracken and Paducah will remain open.

The closure will allow teachers to attend the end of this year's legislative session, Superintendent Steve Miracle said.

More news: Idaho man arrested after woman says he chained her to bed
More news: TV celebrity Khloe Kardashian reportedly gives birth
More news: VW board to decide on new HR chief at Friday meeting

Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler said Friday night she was appalled at Bevin's comment.

A survey done in 2011 and summarized in 2013 found that two percent of 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds who lived with their mother were left alone some of the time they weren't in school; that proportion increased to almost 30 percent of 14-year-olds.

In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey's announcement Thursday of a plan to give teachers 20% pay raises by 2020 was met with some skepticism.

He also said the pension bill, House Bill 151, which was signed, was a start to the growing pension problems in the state, but did not solve the problem. They wanted the vetoes to stand, forcing the governor to call a special session of the state legislature to pass a new budget. They are instead focused on education funding and a battle over their pensions. "And it's a shame", Bevin said.

When asked by a WDRB News reporter about the teachers who rallied on Friday, Bevin spent more than a minute describing how he believed the closed schools may have contributed to people preying on children. "We don't know the details".

Also at issue is the state's pension legislation, signed by the governor on Tuesday, providing new guidelines for most state workers.

Kentucky State Police limited access into the building to only 500 protesters at a time, creating a crowded bottleneck of people trying to enter the Capitol.

Recommended

Air strikes launched in Syria in response to suspected chemical weapons attack Air strikes launched in Syria in response to suspected chemical weapons attack Syria's President Bashar Assad announced that his country would respond to the allied attack but offered no details. Syria's state-run SANA news agency said the attacks were a "flagrant violation of worldwide law" and would fail.

Ice Storm Warning will be in effect through Sunday Ice Storm Warning will be in effect through Sunday While the rain is expected to taper off Monday, Environment Canada isn't forecasting any warm weather for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, this might be due to a slow-moving, low-pressure system approaching the area, says Environment Canada.

Damascus defiant as Trump orders strikes after Syria chemical attack Dunford said there was some "activity" by Syrian surface-to-air missiles, but there were no reports of US or allied casualties. The US was also anxious that the strikes would prompt a confrontation with Syria's biggest military ally: Russian Federation .

John Boehner Says, 'My Thinking on Cannabis Has Progressed' John Boehner Says, 'My Thinking on Cannabis Has Progressed' Boehner said he does not have a financial investment in Acreage, which operates in 11 states. Weld has always subscribed to a libertarian philosophy that includes legalization.

CWG 2018 Day 10: Indian boxers deliver 2 Gold and 2 Silver CWG 2018 Day 10: Indian boxers deliver 2 Gold and 2 Silver Amit, who was chasing his third successive global gold, was beaten by England's European silver-medallist Galal Yafai. World No 1 Kidambi Srikanth defeated England's Rajiv Ouseph 21-10, 21-17 to enter men's singles final.

Google introduces 'Confidential Mode' in its new Gmail design Google introduces 'Confidential Mode' in its new Gmail design Google has just launched a new service called Talk to Books and it leverages machine learning. That means you never have to leave your inbox to create a to-do list or reschedule a meeting.

More than 900 Injured and One Killed in Gaza More than 900 Injured and One Killed in Gaza One protester was injured in the central Gaza Strip, while another was injured during protests east of Jabaliya in northern Gaza. OCHA reported 2,870 Palestinians wounded between 30 March and 11 April.

Madikizela-Mandela was 'proud, defiant,' wounded Madikizela-Mandela was 'proud, defiant,' wounded The battle for our freedom was not some polite picnic to which you arrive with your best behaviour", she said to cheers. The 40,000-seater stadium was full to capacity, with many mourners clad in the green and yellow colors of the ANC.

Highly Traded Stock: Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) Highly Traded Stock: Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of NFLX . 107 funds opened positions while 281 raised stakes. The business is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings report after the market closes on Monday, April 16th.

Victor of $533M Mega Millions jackpot comes forward Victor  of $533M Mega Millions jackpot comes forward Officials have since presented a check for $30,000 to the owner of the Lukoil for selling the winning ticket. The odds of winning a mega millions jackpot are 1 in 303 million. "I can tell you, it didn't sink in".

Tyson Fury Signs With Warren, Set For June 9th Return Tyson Fury Signs With Warren, Set For June 9th Return After two-and-a-half years since he won the unified heavyweight championship, Tyson Fury is ready to make a return to the ring. My timing and my reflexes are better than they've ever been. "I had a lot of sewing of my royal oats to do", Fury said.

Nicki Minaj Details Why She Has Issues With Cardi B Nicki Minaj Details Why She Has Issues With Cardi B When people apologize and they acknowledge their wrongs, I move on. "I don't really give a f** strong *you", Cardi B said. The two men first locked horns in 2015 after Meek tweeted: "Stop comparing Drake to me too".

49ers' Reuben Foster charged with felony domestic violence in February incident 49ers' Reuben Foster charged with felony domestic violence in February incident Foster has been accused of physically assaulting his live-in girlfriend, leaving her bruised and with a ruptured eardrum. Despite the charges and gruesome allegations, the 49ers appear they will not cut their 2017 first-round pick.

Bayern Munich v Sevilla Betting Tips Bayern Munich v Sevilla Betting Tips Sevilla hope to surprise Bayern Munich in front of their fans and reach the semi-finals for the first time in their history. A scoreline of 2-1 was enough for the La Liga side in Manchester, however it would only take them to extra time tonight.

First full trailer for Solo: A Star Wars movie drops First full trailer for Solo: A Star Wars movie drops Han asks Chewie - who is revealed in the trailer to be 190 years old - what he thinks about his plans. Man, does he look like a guy desperately trying to do a Harrison Ford impersonation.