Ryland Barton

Gov. Matt Bevin says it would be “irresponsible” for teachers in Kentucky to strike a week after thousands of educators descended on Frankfort to protest pension and education cuts.

Marshall Ward

  A group of west Kentucky teachers protested the passage of a pension reform bill on the steps of the state capitol building Monday.

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  The Kentucky General Assembly will work this week to wrap up action on a number of issues, but that may not include votes on public pension reforms.

J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL News

Governor Matt Bevin is accusing some of those who oppose his pension reforms of having a “thug mentality.”

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Hundreds of Kentucky teachers flexed their political muscle with a rally Wednesday outside the state Capitol, seeking to bury a proposed pension overhaul and win more state education funding from the Republican-led legislature.

Ryland Barton, Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky teachers plan to ramp up their rallies in support of education funding and to preserve their retirement benefits, with more than a half-dozen school districts calling off classes Wednesday to allow their employees to converge on the state Capitol.

Matt Markgraf

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said he is ‘truly sorry’ for any hurt caused by the discourse over the pension issue. 

Robert Spencer via WFPL

This week in Kentucky politics, students marched on the state capitol to call for lawmakers to come up with solutions to school shootings. During a radio interview, Gov. Matt Bevin lashed out at teachers for protesting a plan that would take some of their retirement benefits away. And the pension bill that teachers have been protesting, well, it’s on life support. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Courtesy of Charlotte Goddard

A group of public employees rallied with retirees and teachers in Mayfield Thursday evening to protest the pension reform bill. 

J. Tayler Franklin, WFPL

In a rare public rebuke, Kentucky's top House leader on Wednesday chastised fellow Republican Gov. Matt Bevin for criticizing teachers who have mobilized to oppose a plan to revamp one of the nation's worst-funded public pension plans.