Educators angry as bill cutting teacher benefits advances in Kentucky

Morgantown West Virginia. Despite a tentative deal reached Tuesday with the state's governor teachers across West

Hundreds attend State House hearings on gun-related bills

House leaders say the Senate has done nothing to move their V.C. Summer bills forward.

"It is my firm belief that Congress should live by the laws it passes, and this bill is a step in the right direction", Grassley wrote.

Some of those who attended strongly opposed the bills being proposed. "It's important to every citizen of the commonwealth".

Teachers, state employees and retirees also insist that lawmakers failed for years to fund the retirement systems - which have an aggregate unfunded liability of at least $43 billion and perhaps as much as $60 billion depending on actuarial analysis. The bill would pay off the state's pension debt over 30 years while making structural changes to the plans. And I think that we need to take these things seriously. New legislation would allow school districts to fill up to ten percent of their staffs with teachers who aren't licensed, all in an effort to deal with a statewide teacher shortage.

Sen. Dorsey Ridley attempted to file an amendment to the bill that would restore full cost of living adjustments for teachers, but the motion was not allowed.

"It took longer than people would like, but I feel good about this product", said Sen. "Indeed it is, and Senate Bill 1 ensures that promise will be there when stakeholders need it and are counting on it".

"There's not a chance on this planet that will be the case", he said. However, members of the audience often interjected during the hearing.

"If we can't do it here in this small state, with our smaller legislature, to be honest with you, it's not going to happen anywhere", Providence resident Francisco Gonzalez added. "I'm asking you to respect the process", Bowen said at one point.

Really more of a plan to get a plan, it calls for the Kansas State Department of Education and state emergency response and law enforcement agencies to develop statewide standards for "safe and secure school buildings". Our businesses will be at risk if their local payroll and property taxes must be increased to offset drastic increases in pension costs for our cities and counties.

"So these are Band-Aids, they're not fixing the problem", said Delaney, "and they're not improving overall our education".

Dr. Ben Gaddie, owner of Gaddie Eye Centers in Louisville, says that the stipulation that patients be required to have an in-person examination is for the safety of the consumer.

It also includes a voluntary "guardian program" named after Coach Aaron Feis who was slain in the Parkland attack, which is meant to "aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises" by allowing some school employees to be armed.

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