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Teachers Closely Watching Final Days

Posted at 5:34 PM, Mar 11, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)– Lawmakers only have a few days left to vote on bills that would make big changes to public education and teachers, hoping to stop a repeat of last year, say that now is the time to closely monitor every move in Frankfort.

With only a few days left at the Capitol, time is running out for lawmakers to pass a few controversial education bills. Teachers came to the Capitol Annex to show lawmakers that they are keeping an eye on them.

“We don’t know why we’re under attack. We don’t understand that,” said retired Casey County teacher Lydia Coffey.

The two big education bills teachers are against are House Bill 525, which changes who controls their pensions, and House Bill 205, which give tax breaks to people who donate scholarship funds for private schools. Neither one of these bills was on lawmakers’ agendas Monday, but teachers say that they wanted to be there just to make sure it stayed that way.

“As we saw last year, they tend to pull some foolery along the way and we lack some trust,” said Coffey.

Teachers said that trust disappeared last year when a sewer bill was also a last-minute pension bill.

Teachers say they will be at the Capitol every day that lawmakers are there.