Lexington teachers hold walk-ins over pension bill

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A day after Governor Matt Bevin said protestors were "throwing a temper tantrum," teachers demonstrated Thursday morning outside several Lexington schools.

Fayette County Superintendent Manny Caulk joined teachers at Tates Creek High School. Caulk said he was disappointed by Bevin's comments but added he was pleased with the response from other Republican lawmakers.

At Southern Elementary School, teacher Christy Wilson explained why she's frustrated with the proposed pension bill.

"We have done our part. We have paid-in every paycheck," Wilson said. "There are retirees that have done more than their part. It's about the future of Kentucky's education system. It's all about the kids. We've done our part and we just expect them to do their part."


Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, on Wednesday told WDRB-TV reaching a deal on Senate Bill 1, the pension reform bill, would be challenging.

“I think it has a very limited and difficult path forward at this point and time," Stivers said. "It's kind of like the unstoppable train versus the immovable mountain. I don't know where it goes."

The spokeswoman for Fayette County Public Schools, Lisa Deffendall, says other demonstrations are planned in Lexington after school.


  • 3 p.m. - Ashland Elementary teachers and District Office employees will gather at Main and Ashland Ave.

  • 3 p.m. - Breckinridge Elementary teachers will meet on Richmond Road(in front of Fazoli's).

  • 3 p.m. - Dixie Elementary and Yates Elementary teachers will gather on New Circle Road in front of Yates and on Eastland Dr.

  • 3 p.m. - Glendover Elementary teachers will walk from campus to Tates Creek Road

  • 3 p.m. - Julius Marsk Elementary teachers will meet at Tates Creek and Dove Run

  • 3:45 p.m. - Arlington and Harrison Elementary teachers will meet at Triangle Park

  • 4:05 p.m. - Athens-Chilesburg Elementary and Edythe J. Hayes Middle teachers will start from their respective campuses and walk until they meet on Hays Blvd.



 
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