By Bobby Allen
SEEK funding, or dollars per student, has decreased under Bevin. Thats was one of the reasons many teachers “took a sick day” last year to protest in Frankfort. It wasn’t just about the pension. Bevin has gone after these teachers threatening license revocation and fines. As for pay increases, KY teachers have not received a state mandated raise in many years. When one factors inflation into that equation, teachers actually make less now than they did before the last pay raise. These facts are just that, facts. I was actually surprised when I realized teacher pay in WV is better than KY.
Bevin has made it clear how he feels about public education. You mentioned his “really bad comments”. I do believe actions speak louder than words but words are important as well. The most precious resource in this great state is our children. Education MUST come first.
Although I had a long career in Martin County before I retired and decided to teach a few years across the river, many Kentucky teachers are opting to leave the state early in their career, or not even start teaching in the State. Last summer I was contacted by 8 school districts wanting me to teach Math. If a school system cannot find a teacher, they can declare an emergency and hire a retired teacher. The three years I worked in Lawrence County was this same situation.
Just because Bevin sign a law allowing KY schools to teach Bible classes and another law prohibiting abortions doesn’t make this guy a saint. KY Is nothing more than a stepping stone in his personal political career. Remember, he did not live in this state before he became Governor.
I have purposely avoided using the labels Republican/Democrat. I judge people by their actions, not their party affiliation.
Yes, previous administrations have put TRS in jeopardy. Yet, instead of paying back the money that was borrowed, Bevin wanted to scrap the whole thing and move towards a 401K type system, which benefits investors more than it benefits teachers. Luckily the state court stuck that plan down. Bevin may seem like a savior but, well, you’ve heard the old saying, “A wolf in sheep’s clothing.”