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March 18, 2018

UPDATED 3/19/18

Fletcher cancels school for March 21 so teachers and staff can attend Frankfort ANTI-PENSION PLAN rally

 

Lawrence County teachers and Supt. Rob Fletcher joined in the protest against Gov. Matt Bevins budget and pension plan.Lawrence County teachers and Supt. Rob Fletcher joined in the protest against Gov. Matt Bevins budget and pension plan.

 

Gov. Matt Bevin has proposed a lean budget which contains the controversial "pension provision"  which has not yet made it out of the state senate.

State workers including teachers, who have a separate but equally in peril system should Bevin's budget pass,  are out in numbers against Bevin.

He asked for a reprieve in a statewide story this morning. Gov. Matt Bevin took to Facebook Saturday night, urging citizens to contact their legislators and ask them to address the ailing pension system for state workers.

Bevin said in a four-minute Facebook video that the teachers’ retirement system will likely run out of money in 12 to 15 years unless structural changes are made.

But opponents say Bevin is overstating the pension problem which has more solutions than cutting state programs to the bone and messing with inviolable contracts.

 

 KEA members protest with signs in the Capitol KEA members protest with signs in the Capitol

Many Lawrence County teachers, social workers, state employees, police, and any other state pension plan participant have voiced their disagreement to the plan which, they say violates their "inviolable" contract. 

Lawrence Co. Teachers association calls Bevin budget 'far right libertarian'

Scott Osborn is President of the local KEA affiliate, the Lawrence County Teachers Organization.

Here's his official statement requested by thelevislazer.com

LC Teachers Association president Scott Osborne is joined by LCHS Teachers Sue Schutzberg and Romana Short at the Capitol on March 7, 2018LC Teachers Association president Scott Osborne is joined by LCHS Teachers Sue Schutzberg and Romana Short at the Capitol on March 7, 2018

“...In response to the Governor’s far-right libertarian war on public education, law enforcement, local government, and state pensions, we are joining the demonstrations that have been going on across the state.  

Dr. Fletcher has supported us every step of the way, even standing on the line with us as we staged walk-ins this week.”

Dr. Fletcher, himself a member of the pension program,  has been sending small teams of teachers to represent Lawrence County at the Capitol.  

Teachers Scott Osborn, Romana Short, and Sue Schutzberg joined LC retirees Sam Lyons, Sharon Kinner and Rosemary Borders were even in the room when the Senate Budget Committee sent Senate Bill 1 to the Senate floor.  

 

They joined many angry state employees, including other teachers, road workers, the teamsters and law enforcement personnel.

“Right now, we are facing the prospect of a regional work stoppage on March 21 to rally in Frankfort.  As of now, Lawrence County schools will be open.  (UPDATE Dr. Fletcher has decided to cancel school on March 21 for the rally in Frankfort. At the board meeting tonight, there will be teachers, parents, and staff attending to show their appreciation for Dr. Fletcher and the Board of Ed through this trying time.)

LCHS teachers demonstrate during a Walk-In at LCHS on March 13, 2018LCHS teachers demonstrate during a Walk-In at LCHS on March 13, 2018

Dr. Fletcher and the BOE plan to send a delegation of 16 staff members by bus. Many of our members are in discussions with our Board members concerning this issue.”

KY educators raise their voicesKY educators raise their voices

LCOT members, KAPE members, and non-members plan to attend Monday night’s March Board meeting to seek clarification for our plans, as well as to see where the BOE truly stands in Popular LCHS Government teacher David 'Chico' Prince said: "I feel the time for action is now. Public education is under attack?...Popular LCHS Government teacher David 'Chico' Prince said: "I feel the time for action is now. Public education is under attack?...relation to the Governor’s plans for our pensions as well as his budget, which will kill the Lawrence County school system.

David Prince plans to speak on behalf of unaffiliated teachers (teachers who don’t belong to either KAPE or KEA)."

Here is what Prince released to The Lazer today:

 

"I feel the time for action is now. Public education is under attack and unless we take a stand, we will continue to see negative legislation that is detrimental to the system. Districts will suffer, teachers will suffer and ultimately, the students of Kentucky will suffer."

 

 

 

 

Comments  

0 #15 augerdog 2018-03-28 11:45
Quoting Educateme:
You may get the higher-ups to take you more seriously if you'd cut that hair. Gee whiz!



Why should Mr. Prince cut his hair? Is he not acting like you? Is he not looking like you? Is he not thinking like you? Is he not agreeing with you? Wouldn't it be so nice if everyone was exactly alike? We would all look, think, and act the same way. We would all agree with each other. We would all make the same stupid mistakes. Why do you think God made us all different? It would be terrible if everyone in this world was exactly like me!
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0 #14 Right 2018-03-26 22:50
Quoting whatsright:
And Rick Blackburn volunteered his time. And what does Mr. Princes hair have to do with his ability to teach? It is a personal preference. If it bothers you don't look. Geez, some of you people need to get over yourself.


Of course Rick Blackburn volunteered his time. He is an employee of the school system. And so is his wife.
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+1 #13 Jeremy 2018-03-26 04:50
I can see why the teachers are so upset. They want only what was promised them!

But this is not a new problem the underfunding of public employees pensions has been an issue for a long time. They should blame all the past politicians who robbed their pension system. They might not agree with Bevin but he is the first I can remember that has tried to address a glaring major problem with the state. I personally think it a mistake to trust any politician with safe guarding your money. In this case your retirement funding. I think having different options besides state funded pensions. If I was a teacher and I could get the state to fund me 75% of my pension into a IRA or 401k style system I would do it. This way you have control over your own money and corrupt politicians can't underfund or steal it. Teachers should be pushing for the freedom to get and have such changes instead of just relying on one politician to fund something the next one will raid for some other part of govt. This situation is no different than SS you might get what you pay in and you might not. Better not plan to live on just this pension or you might better plan on working till your 70. Sad but it's the way things are when you rely on govt.
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+4 #12 whatsright 2018-03-24 19:18
And Rick Blackburn volunteered his time. And what does Mr. Princes hair have to do with his ability to teach? It is a personal preference. If it bothers you don't look. Geez, some of you people need to get over yourself.
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+2 #11 Cardinal 2018-03-22 14:42
KEA paid for the bus! Be informed before you gripe!
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+5 #10 Who is paying? 2018-03-22 08:43
Quoting Who is paying?:
I've noticed that some schools are using school buses to go to protest in Frankfort. While they have the right to protest, I don't think taxpayers should be on the hook to pay the bill for it!

Strange that so many down votes, don't you guys think they have the right to protest? ...or is it you think our school money should be used to help them protest?
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+4 #9 Support the teachers 2018-03-22 01:45
Quoting Who is paying?:
I've noticed that some schools are using school buses to go to protest in Frankfort. While they have the right to protest, I don't think taxpayers should be on the hook to pay the bill for it!


Be more informed. Teachers that signed up for the buses PAID FOR THE FUEL.
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+3 #8 Educator 2018-03-22 00:36
What most people do not realize is the educators in the state of Kentucky will not receive social security. They have never had the options n to pay into it like everybody be else over their career. Their pension is the only thing they will have. The governor fails to tell the people of Kentucky that. It is not just about pension. He also wants to cut funding to public schools. He does not support it. He wants charter schools for the state. Get your facts straight before you vote for this guy again. He is not even from our state. He doesn’t care about our state. Once he is gone, we will be the ones trying to figure out how to get out of the mess he has made.
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+6 #7 why? 2018-03-21 22:52
Where was all this anger and protesting when the Democrat leaders were doing all this? You can't blame this on anyone but them. Funny how different political views blind people to the root cause of a problem.
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-5 #6 Citizen 2018-03-21 18:11
Quoting Who is paying?:
I've noticed that some schools are using school buses to go to protest in Frankfort. While they have the right to protest, I don't think taxpayers should be on the hook to pay the bill for it!
I get so Sick of people yelling My Taxes I work for the School system there Bud and I PAY just as Many Taxes as You Do and I am Proud of the School system and the Work We do and as far as Your Taxes Goes I gave My Taxes for them to go down there and the other Teachers paid out of their Taxes to if that is the Case You Got charged Nothing Everyone thinks that the Public is the Only One that Pays Taxes and No School employee evidently in Your eyes does not pay taxes but Bud We Do Pay Taxes and Just Might Pay more than anyone else in Lawrence county who draws a paycheck if you would check on it.
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-2 #5 Who is paying? 2018-03-21 11:53
I've noticed that some schools are using school buses to go to protest in Frankfort. While they have the right to protest, I don't think taxpayers should be on the hook to pay the bill for it!
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-3 #4 Citizen 2018-03-21 11:28
Yes a Man should have short hair and a woman unless she is sick or have been sick needs to have long hair but this is beside the point. You all cannot even keep your minds on what they are going to the Capitol for so how can you win anything unless you keep your eye on the real reason and not only the pension but they should have put a pay raise on there also because He will pass the Pension but they will NOT get a raise anymore and when cost of living goes up their raise will not?
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+2 #3 #1 2018-03-20 12:38
Wow stop being so simple minded. If you've ever been in or on a college campus you probably seen professors with long hair. BTW Mr. Prince is probably the best teacher at LCHS. Its 2018. Not 1960.
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+11 #2 Gee 2018-03-19 12:56
Fix the pension system after Bevin is gone. A governor that would call teachers selfish and ignorant has no business in the state capitol. On the other hand I see no need to address this with the board of education with a couple of members that we have. Its none of their &#!! business. They have no business on the board even though they were elected. What a joke. And yes Mr. Preston you are one of those JOKES. Just Sayin.
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-13 #1 Educateme 2018-03-19 02:03
You may get the higher-ups to take you more seriously if you'd cut that hair. Gee whiz!
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