There are 99 days until Sine Die. The 2020 General Assembly is underway today. We will be watching as the legislature crafts the biennial budget. This session will be 60 days and there are hundreds of pre-filed bills. As educators, we have watched the previous sessions closely. The last two sessions brought out a fire and passion in educators as we fought for our students. In the coming days, we will be following a multitude of bills to ensure our students have the opportunity for a free, public education in the most equitable way possible.
While we watch for bills related to education, we already know some of our non-negotiables. We refuse to accept vouchers. Whether they come in the front door or the back door, we are saying no to vouchers. No matter what pretty words anyone uses to try to hide what they are, we are saying no to vouchers. We don’t want funding for charter schools. In fact, we want to repeal the charter school legislation passed in 2017. We want the promise of our pensions protected and funded. We want new revenue. We want our students safe, healthy, and given the best opportunities for success in life. Our students are at the heart of everything we do and they are the reason we fight.
Going into session, we have a governor who is willing to work with legislators. While Republicans do hold a veto-proof supermajority, they have not had a governor willing to work with them for the last four years. There were times Bevin couldn’t even work with members of his own party. Governor Andy Beshear has promised to work for Kentucky. We are all on Team Kentucky and that means we have to work together.
What can you do while we watch session?
Follow updates from Kentucky Educators Association and Jefferson County Teachers Association on social media.
Also keep an eye out for email updates from our union.
Program the Legislative Message Line phone number into your phone. The number is 1-800-372-7181. Keep messages short and to the point. The operators are very nice!
Contact your legislators at their offices. If you don’t know who your legislators are, check here. For tips about contacting an elected official, check our previous post from Lousville Metro Councilwoman Nicole George.
Keep up with bills using the Legislative Research Commission page here.
We have long days ahead of us. We need to stay active and informed. We will have a page to track bills as bill numbers become available. Stay tuned!