Jefferson County Public Schools subpoenaed for sickout records

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WKYT/WAVE) – A spokesperson for Jefferson County Public Schools has confirmed that the Kentucky Labor Cabinet has issued a subpoena requesting records from last month’s teacher sickouts.

According to sister station WAVE, the same subpoenas - issued by Governor Bevin's administration - have been received by Oldham and Bullitt County school systems.

In March, teachers from several districts called out sick multiple times in order to rally in Frankfort while education-related legislation was being considered.

WKYT has reached out to Fayette County Public Schools to see if a similar subpoena had been issued, but has not received an answer.

House Democrats released a statement on the subpoenas which reads, “These subpoenas represent a new low for the Bevin administration, and we are appalled it is taking this step. Our teachers were exercising their First Amendment right to be heard on legislative matters directly affecting them, and should be respected for their invaluable contributions in the classroom as well as at the Capitol. This action is designed to strong-arm any opposition, and it is yet another example of the governor’s attack on public education. This should not be allowed.”

We will update this story with additional information as it becomes available.

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