New life for scholarship tax credit legislation in Kentucky was quickly dashed by fierce opposition from the statewide teachers union, who called the scholarships “backdoor vouchers” for private K-12 schools. Education officials and advocates decried the bill for pulling as much as $25 million in tax revenue from the state in its first year, with… Continue reading ‘Hail Mary’ hearing leaves fate of scholarship tax credits uncertain
For the third time in a week, Kentucky teachers pulled on red shirts, drove to Frankfort and waited in long security lines to remind lawmakers of one thing: They’re still here. One of my many, many stories from a string of teacher sickouts that closed school districts as teachers protested education legislation they considered detrimental to public… Continue reading JCPS teachers remain steadfast in third day of protests
After five sickouts — or work stoppages caused by teachers calling in sick to protest education legislation — closed Kentucky's largest district, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said the bills were dead. But it didn't stop a sixth protest. So why did nearly 2,000 teachers call out, forcing Kentucky’s largest district to again shut its… Continue reading Teachers say rebuilding trust with lawmakers will take time
JCPS teachers reported spending an average $500 to $600 of their own money on their classrooms, according to an Insider Louisville survey of nearly 200 teachers in the district. But less than a quarter of educators reported receiving any reimbursement from their schools or PTAs.