Here’s why Kentucky teachers took to the streets to fight for their students.
“The department of Education has been cut 6.25% — several million dollars.” Allison Slone, of the Kentucky Teachers in the Know explained. “Transportation — we’re fighting to make sure it’s funded so that our students can get to school and get home. Because in the mountains, it’s not like some big cities it’s several miles away and over and through the woods. So, it’s kind of difficult. Our preschool has been cut, the funding for preschool is extremely important to have more funding for preschool, not less, because the earlier you can start teaching children, the better off they are for the future.”
She went on to say, “Our superintendents and our administration here in Kentucky have just been wonderful. They’ve really backed us, they’ve been there with us, many have had their hands in the fight with us right there in Frankfort. We do worry about our jobs, we are a no-strike state. We’ve had walkouts, we’ve had organized events, but we hope we don’t get to the point of having to have discussions about anything further than that. We’ve had great support. This has not been one political party versus another for us. This has been who supports public education and the educators and the students.”