Kentucky teachers reject governor's apology

Kentucky teachers reject governor's apology

Many teachers were still reeling Monday from comments Bevin made last Friday, saying children were likely - he used the word guarantee at one point - subjected to abuse and danger when some school systems closed to allow teachers to travel to Frankfort for the protests.

Shortly after Republican lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of a two-year operating budget, Bevin guaranteed that "somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them".

On Saturday, the Kentucky House of Representatives condemned Bevin in two separate resolutions over his remarks.

Video of Bevin's remarks on Friday have flooded Facebook and other social media since it was first posted on Twitter by a reporter on WDRB, causing a stir among the teacher community especially.

Bevin, who would see his veto of an education-boosting state budget overridden by state lawmakers, characterized the attitudes of protesting teachers as cavalier and flippant about student safety. "I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said...it was not my intent". "I know a tremendous amount of people didn't fully appreciate what I was communicating".

Robin Cooper, an occupational therapist in Fayette County, the state's second-largest public school district, was among the thousands of educators protesting at the Capitol in recent weeks.

Heiner, a former member of the Louisville Metro Council, was one of four Republican contestants in the 2015 Republican gubernatorial primary won by Bevin who subsequently appointed him Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.




- House Democratic Caucus " The statements made by Governor Bevin yesterday insinuating that Kentucky teachers are somehow responsible for sexual assault, drug addiction, and neglect is reprehensible and repugnant. Could have said it better.

"Many people have been confused or hurt or just misunderstand what it was that I was trying to communicate", Bevin said.

During a radio interview with 840 WHAS Radio on Tuesday, Bevin criticized the Kentucky Education Association and called the group's leadership "absolute frauds".

Democrat Rep. James Kay of Versailles didn't hold back any sarcasm about Bevin's apology, either.

"There is no rational comment I could make to that", she said.

"For those of you who understand what I was saying, thank you", he said in the video. "His contempt and disrespect for teachers and public employees is noted and his enablers are on the list".

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