Kentucky governor under fire for comments on teachers

Bevin said in the video that many misunderstood his words.

Matt Bevin announced he would veto the entire budget and the tax reform bill during a morning news conference in Frankfort, Ky., on April 9, 2018.

Bevin reportedly also complained of the teachers sprawled across the capitol grounds, telling reporters he saw them smoking and "leaving trash around".

We know Bevin meant what he said because he's still blaming teachers for striking and he didn't say he was wrong about the children being poisoned and sexually assaulted.

"I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone".

Bevin added that children were more likely to be "introduced to drugs for the first time" because of school closures. "He was cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from kids that would impact every day, and that's what we were in Frankfort to stop", McKim said, according to the Courier-Journal.

J.P. LaVertu, a Shelby County teacher, called the Republican governor a "disgrace".

"I and many others do not accept the governor's apology", said Kelsey Hayes Coots, a JCPS teacher. "He's a disgrace to our state".

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Hal Heiner, a charter school supporter and critic of the Kentucky Education Association, resigned Monday as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet to accept an appointment to the Kentucky Board of Education. "That makes me second guess his character and his vision for the Kentucky that I want".

Bevin didn't totally back down in his video apology.

Even some fellow Republicans were shocked by Bevin's remarks.

Republican state Sen. Max Wise, co-chairman of the legislature's Interim Joint Committee on Education, used Twitter to firmly assert his disagreement with the governor's position. I don't agree with these comments and I find them repulsive.

'It's my responsibility to represent you, not only when I'm speaking to you, but when I'm speaking on your behalf in ways that are clear, that are understood, that don't hurt people and don't confuse people, ' he said.

Cooper voted for Bevin in 2015 and vowed Saturday not to do it again. That's not much of an apology. "I can't defend it", she said. But it still wasn't an apology.

Similarly, House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins wasn't impressed, either. "His contempt and disrespect for teachers and public employees is noted and his enablers are on the list".

Typical of the condemnation for his Friday comments linking teacher protests with child sexual assaults was this one by Sen.

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