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Kentucky governor says remarks about teacher protest, sexual assault were misunderstood

Kentucky governor says remarks about teacher protest, sexual assault were misunderstood”

The appointments come after a tumultuous General Assembly which drew thousands of teachers to Frankfort protesting changes in their pension system and lobbying for more funding for public schools and a session during which the Republican-controlled legislature declined to provide funding for charter schools which they authorized previous year.

Bevin said on Friday that single-parent households in the state had been forced to leave children at home and in peril of not just sexual assault, but of ingesting poison or being offered drugs for the first time. "I'm offended that people so cavalierly, and so flippantly, disregarded what's truly best for children", Bevin said.

Bevin's comments on Friday had led House lawmakers from both parties to pass resolutions condemning the remarks.

Thousands of teachers left their schools last week to push for the state House of Representatives to overturn Bevin's vetoes on a $480 million tax increase and two-year spending plan.

Bevin had been in a battle of words with the Kentucky Education Association during the session, criticizing the teachers' union and its members of having "a thug mentality", of being "selfish and greedy" and of demonstrating in Frankfort in order to "hang out" and miss work.

In West Virginia, teachers and support staff won a 5% pay hike after a nine-day protest in March.

"I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said", Bevin said on his YouTube and Twitter page Sunday.

The governor's outburst came of the heels of the majority Republican lawmakers overriding his vetoes of the budget and revenue bills. But clearly a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating or what it was that I was trying to say, and I hurt a lot of people.

"For those of you who understand what I was saying, thank you", Bevin said in the social media.

The teachers say it is important that they address the issues facing them, but inside and outside the classroom.

"I'm embarrassed by (Bevin's comments)". I don't know how we can misunderstand his intent. "There is no rational comment I could make to that", Winkler said, the Courier-Journal reported. "Sometimes when I am doing that I do it effectively, sometimes not so much and I think this case is such an example of the latter". The pension bill passed by the Kentucky legislature moves new hires onto a hybrid pension plan and would not protect them from future changes to the system.

Cooper voted for Bevin in 2015 and vowed Saturday not to do it again.



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