It was a chaotic time today across the state and in Frankfort. Teachers fussing about House Bill 525 “sicked out” in droves on short notice, causing multiple school districts, including the state’s two largest, to abruptly cancel classes and other supports like school lunches.
But, it seems there was a miraculous recovery because a small horde of teachers descended on the Kentucky House’s State Government Committee to fuss and misbehave during hearings on a bill that revises the way members of the oversight board for the Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System are nominated.
The discussion of HB-525 begins at 56 minutes into Part 1 of the KET webcast and continues throughout Part 2.
Briefly recapping, it didn’t take very long after presentation of the bill began for teachers to start vocally interrupting the meeting. In fact, scarcely a minute after the presentation started, as bill sponsor Rep. Ken Upchurch offered an apology for all the disruption to students and parents caused by the teacher walkouts, teachers in the audience, in violation of standard legislative hearing policy, verbally fussed and fumed to the point where the committee chair issued a very nicely made request for silence and respect.
But, like kids who should have been heading for the principal’s office, the teachers failed to heed this respectful request for quiet during the meeting.
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