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From BILL LONDRIGAN

Kentucky State AFL-CIO

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

By BRUCE MAPLES

Schools are closing. Teachers are calling in “sick.” They are putting on their red shirts and driving to Frankfort to fill the halls and the committee rooms of the state capitol.

If you are wondering why all of this is happening, the reason is simple. It’s a combination of two things: the issues, and the shenanigans.

By MANDY McCLAREN

Kentucky's largest school district will close again, as a substantial number of its teachers dig in their heels in protest — a work stoppage some say could drag into the remaining days of the 2019 legislative session.

Jefferson County Public Schools announced late Wednesday night that it was forced to shutdown because it didn't have enough substitutes to cover teacher absences.

By JOE SONKA

A bill that would allow Kentucky employers to force workers into signing a binding arbitration agreement as a condition of employment moved closer to final passage on Tuesday, after clearing a state House committee on a party-line vote.

From Tammy Berlin, vice president, Jefferson County Teachers Association:

Can you spread the word to keep up our momentum?

Yesterday we asked our fellow Kentuckians to show their opposition to Scholarship Tax Credits (HB205) by calling their legislators and leaving a message for them on the Kentucky Legislative Hotline. Many people stepped up and made those calls, and we were able to overwhelm the LRC message center for a good deal of the evening. That kind of coordinated effort from public school activists makes a real difference with legislators. For the first time, legislators reported to us that they were actually receiving more calls against HB 205 than for it.  WAY TO GO!  

House Bill 205 (Scholarship Tax Credits) was heard for discussion only in the House Appropriations and Revenue committee today.  Under HB205 a family of four could make over $90K and still get a “scholarship” for any private school. These “scholarships” are funded by taxes under this bill.    

Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda?

By JANE MAYER

Voters in five Eastern Kentucky counties will decide Tuesday who should replace former state Senate Minority Floor Leader Ray Jones in a special election marked by mudslinging.