US Kentucky teachers rally over retirement cuts, warn of strike
Before they went on strike, West Virginia teachers packed bags to make sure kids didn't go hungry
Teachers in West Virginia are striking for higher wages and better benefits, but not at the expense of hungry students. In West Virginia almost one in four children are in poverty. For many of them, free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches are their main meals of the day. Some schools even run Friday pantry programs to feed students through the weekend. The teachers' strike closed all the state's public schools beginning last week. But the kids are still eating.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Hundreds of teachers in central Kentucky have rallied in front of public schools to protest proposed cuts to their retirement benefits in what could be a precursor to a statewide strike.
These West Virginia kids didn't treat the teacher strike as a vacation. They picketed too
The students are sharing pictures using the hashtags #55Strong and #SecureOurFuture. The latter was started by a group of student organizers at Capital High School in Charleston. On February 21, they organized a purple-out across their school and neighboring counties to stand in solidarity with their teachers. Students wore purple to signify a combination of red and blue, the two teachers' union colors. Students from 18 schools across the state participated. The #SecureOurFuture leaders also penned an open letter to the people of their state, asking them to understand the importance of the strike.
Kentucky state Senators on Wednesday took the first step toward passing a bill they say would save taxpayers $3.2 billion over the next 20 years and stabilize one of the country's worst-funded public pension systems.
But most of those savings would come from a 33 percent cut to the annual cost-of-living raises for retired teachers, who aren't eligible for Social Security benefits.
Thursday was the first organized protest at public schools in front of parents and students. It came just days after a nine-day statewide teacher strike in West Virginia was settled when lawmakers there approved 5 percent raises.
No vote on Kentucky pension bill as teachers protest .
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Hundreds of Kentucky teachers cheered Friday as Republican lawmakers decided not to vote on a bill that would cut retirement benefits for one of the nation's worst-funded public pension plans.The GOP-led Senate was scheduled to vote on the pension bill Friday, but lawmakers quickly called a recess to talk about the bill in private for several hours. They finally emerged shortly after 1:30 p.m. to announce they were sending the bill back to committee for possible changes."Individuals wanted more time to consider the position that we are in," Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said.
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