As Governor Matt Bevin and legislators consider plans to drastically reduce benefits, teachers consider options to resist, including a statewide strike.
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Teachers have called lawmakers and packed legislative committee rooms to show their opposition. But Thursday was the first organized protest at public schools in front of parents and students. It came just days after a nine-day statewide teacher strike in West Virginia ended when lawmakers there approved 5 percent raises.
“I think that Gov. Matt Bevin is not going to listen to anything else,” Suzanne Sadler, a 33-year-old science teacher at Elkhorn Middle School in Frankfort, said of a possible strike. “He’s not listening to anything on Facebook. He’s not listening to our teachers who went to the Capitol. He’s just not listening, so we need to make him listen.”
Momentum is building around the nation for protests over pay and benefits for public school teachers. Teachers in Arizona are contemplating actions of their own amid growing frustration over meager pay. In Oklahoma, the president of the state’s largest teachers’ organization said Thursday that teachers will walk out of their classrooms April 2 if lawmakers don’t approve a $6,000 raise by April 1. Teacher pay hasn’t been raised by that state’s legislature since 2008.
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