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Teachers gather in Frankfort for march on Capitol for voice on state budget as lawmakers convene


Staff report

Traffic jams in Frankfort early this morning, long lines of cars at Interstate off-ramps, the Capitol parking garage already filled and crowds already gathered around the Kentucky Education Association building — all signs of a major gathering of teachers for protests as lawmakers address a state budget.

A rally and march of the state’s teachers will start at KEA headquarters in Frankfort before heading to the state Capitol. Lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene to discuss and perhaps vote on a two-year operating budget.

Traffic jam on the Interstate

Some school districts cancelled school today for lack of substitutes for absent teachers. Much of the state is on spring break.

KEA President Stephanie Winkler said last week — reported in a story in the NKyTribune — that if the budget is not in the best interest of public education, students and public service, “then we will react.”

Hundreds of teachers filled the Capitol Friday to protest last-minute changes to their pension system. Kentucky’s pension system is among the worst-funded in the country but the legislature has sent a pension bill to the Governor for signature.

Today’s rally is about the budget and funding for public education.

Crowd growing — 8 a.m.


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