Ky. governor: Teacher strike left children vulnerable to sexual assault

  • Ky. governor: Teacher strike left children vulnerable to sexual assault

Ky. governor: Teacher strike left children vulnerable to sexual assault

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today, a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", Bevin told reporters Friday.

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", said Bevin.

Bevin's comments came after thousands of teachers swarmed the Capitol, majority hoping lawmakers would override his vetoes on budget and revenue bills.

The two-year operating budget includes record new spending for public education, fueled by a 50-cent increase in the cigarette tax and a 6 percent sales tax on some services including home and auto fix.

Over 30 school districts closed on Friday because of the teachers' protests.

Bevin slammed the bills as "sloppy" and "non-transparent", calling for alternative options following his veto.

The money boost is expected to be funded by way of a 50-cent increase in the cigarette tax and a 6 percent sales tax on services including home and auto fix.

Bevin's remarks received patriotic back lash from the state. Organizers said parents were given plenty of notice about school closings. The Senate is slated to take up the vetoes next.

"Trying to divide teachers from kids is the vintage right-wing playbook used as an excuse to fail to fund public schools".

Bevin responded to the outcome on Twitter, writing that he'd been meeting with House and Senate leaders all week to find a "more responsible way to pay for 100 percent of the requested education funding".

"Crickets", Bevin tweeted, adding he vowed to call a special session to pass a new budget if lawmakers approved his vetoes.

"I don't think the governor's comments are in any way accurate", he told BuzzFeed News.

The unrest comes amid teacher protests in Oklahoma and Arizona over low funding and teacher pay. West Virginia teachers walked out for nine days, forcing a 5 percent pay increase in March.

"The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible", Wise tweeted.

Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim told the Courier-Journal that using Bevin's logic, schools should never close.

Middle school science teacher Leslie Atkins said several students came to her Thursday and asked if she was attending the rally "for us".

The final budget increases base funding for schools to $4,000 per student compared to $3,981 in the current school year, and also funds transportation and employee health insurance costs previously set to be paid for by local school districts.

Kentucky teachers at the state Capitol on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system. Education groups argue that less generous retirement fund may dissuade younger people from becoming teachers.