Northern Kentucky educators converse out towards proposed modifications to public pensions.
The Enquirer/Sam Greene
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin blasted the director of the varsity superintendents group for wanting faculties to be closed for a day in order that academics can protest the governor’s plan to deal with the state’s woefully underfunded public retirement techniques.
Bevin took to Fb Reside on Friday night to air his frustrations with Tom Shelton, the chief director of the Kentucky Affiliation of Faculty Superintendents, who had despatched a letter to public faculty superintendents on Thursday, outlining an in depth plan to protest Bevin’s proposed pension repair, information retailers reported.
After studying from Shelton’s letter in entrance of a digital camera, Bevin argued that Shelton’s plan would convey “mayhem” to Kentucky, hurting college students, mother and father and the state’s financial system.
“What (Shelton is) calling on is for faculties to be shut down, in your youngsters to be despatched house, so academics and superintendents and different individuals can come right here and protest us saving the pension system,” Bevin stated.
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Bevin wants to call a special legislative session before year’s end to address the pension issue. The Courier-Journal reports that Bevin’s pension bill, a 505-page document, was released to legislators late Friday.
The governor says his plan keeps promises to public sector workers and resolves the problem, but education officials have said the proposal would wreak havoc on public education.
“I’m glad we have a bill to study and see the specific wording,” Louisville Democratic Rep. Jim Wayne, said on Saturday, after the bill’s release. “But if it reflects exactly what is in the plan, there’s no way I can hurt current and future retirees and new workers coming on who would be given some of the weakest pensions in the nation under this plan.”
Speaking with the Courier-Journal on Friday night, Shelton said he thinks schools should be allowed to close because it would be difficult for teachers and staff “to participate and be part of a process on a matter that affects their lives, their careers, and their futures. It’s a matter that affects the…