Several NKY Schools Close Monday to Protest Pension Bill

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( Northern Kentucky ) - Boone County, Kenton County, and Covington Independent Schools have all confirmed they will be closed on Monday April, 2nd. 

The President of the Kentucky Education Association has called for a statewide rally in Frankfort on Monday, to protest the Pension Reform Bill that was passed by the state legislature this week. 

Boone County Superintendent Randy Poe released a statement Saturday afternoon:

"The Boone County School District, in collaboration with the Boone County Education Association and the Boone County Board of Education, has decided to close schools on Monday, April 2, 2018. Our response comes after yesterday’s press conference with the Kentucky Education Association request for school closure. This will allow not just public school employees, but also the public and their families travel to Frankfort to advocate for Funding for Public Education. 

Drastic times call for drastic action. Although, closing school is the last thing anyone wants to do, one of the reasons for this decision to close school is because educators feel one of their main responsibilities is to advocate for the children of the Commonwealth. We have attempted every other means of communication, action, and advocacy. Now, it seems that our Governor and Legislature still have not yet internalized the importance of putting our students and families first. We encourage all of our Boone County families and community to travel with us in solidarity. We must educate our lawmakers on the need to find new streams of revenue to fully fund our vital Public Services, including Public Education."

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has said he will fight the bill in court. 

Beshear called it Government at it's worst, when the Kentucky House and Senate passed the 291 page measure as an amendment to a sewage bill. 

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