Bevin: Closing Schools to Protest Pension Plan Would Bring "Mayhem"

Oct 28, 2017

Gov. Matt Bevin reads a letter from Kentucky Association of School Superintendents Executive Director Tom Shelton in a Facebook Live video.
Credit Governor Matt Bevin, via Facebook, cropped

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin blasted the director of the school superintendents organization for wanting schools to be closed for a day so that teachers can protest against the governor's pension reform plan. 

Bevin aired his frustrations on Facebook Live on Friday evening, arguing in front of a video camera that former Fayette County Superintendent Tom Shelton's plan would bring "mayhem" to Kentucky, hurting students, parents and the state's economy.

Bevin plans to call a special legislative session before year's end to deal with Kentucky's woefully underfunded public retirement systems.

Education officials have said the governor's proposed fix would wreak havoc on public education.

Shelton says any school that would be closed to accommodate the teachers' protests would make up that day later in the school year.