Kentucky governor apologizes after comments on teacher protests

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Expressing concern for schoolchildren who were unable to attend school on Friday because of the strike, Bevin said: "I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them".

On Sunday, Bevin said "I'm sorry", but buffered the apology with about four minutes of wordy passive voice.

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", Bevin said, according to a video posted to Twitter by a reporter for WDRB-TV. "Many people have been confused or hurt, or just misunderstand what I was trying to communicate", he added.

At least 44 school districts closed Friday as teachers marched on the state capitol in call on legislators to override the governor's veto of the state's budget and tax plan. The rally took on a festival-like atmosphere as some teachers sat in lawn chairs or sprawled out on blankets.

Home Minority Flooring Chief Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, stated in a press release that whereas Bevin claims there was a misunderstanding, "the folks of Kentucky heard loud and clear what he stated and in the present day's video exhibits he nonetheless doesn't comprehend why so many had been understandably upset".

Those comments sparked backlash and responses from the Kentucky Attorney General, The Senate and House Democratic Caucuses, GOP Senator Damon Thayer, and KEA President Stephanie Winkler.

Bevin's feedback got here shortly after Republican lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of an working price range that included elevated spending for public schooling with the assistance of an accompanying tax improve. Bevin has been Kentucky's governor since 2015. We ask anyone who supports educators to wear black on Monday. "They think we are going to get exhausted and go home", she said.

"I don't agree with these comments & I find them repulsive".

Kentucky has become the latest flash point over the battle of school funding and higher pay that have led to recent teacher victories.

"I don't want to be out of my classroom". And in Oklahoma, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin raised teacher salaries by $6,100 and boosted funding by millions. We need each other.

You can stand here all day and act like you are all for (education) until it comes time to pay for it. However, officials from both Erlanger-Elsemere and Bellevue said Bevin's proposed education cuts - not the one-day absence of teachers - would "severely reduce" services that provide forms of childcare before and after school, including kindergarten, preschool and tutoring.

In Arizona, after weeks of teacher protests and walkout threats across the state, Gov. Doug Ducey promised a net 20 percent raise by 2020. "We have to have this revenue to fund our schools".