Tomorrow, April 13, our school district will be closed.
We realize that when school is closed it can cause disruption in daily schedules and hardships for everyone. We not only hope to have your understanding in why we have closed, but we also need you to help advocate for your child. WE NEED YOU to join with us in a fight for public education!
What is at stake is a complex issue. It would be impossible to condense it all to one short, concise page. Therefore, I want to make a few points and clarify some misconceptions as to why we are canceling school tomorrow.
- Teachers ARE NOT asking for a raise.
- Teachers ARE NOT fighting for a pension; (that bill has already passed).
- We need for the Senate and House to OVERRIDE the Governor’s veto of HB200 (budget/school funding), HB 366 (revenue/tax reform) and SB362 (CERS contribution phase in).
- We need EVERYONE to contact legislators.
I also want to address the two most common questions we are hearing from the public: So what does all this have to do with me and my child?
What happens this Friday and Saturday will have a major impact on every person in the state of Kentucky. The tax reform will apply to ALL of us and will have implications for our families for years to come. The state budget has been vetoed by the Governor. If the House and Senate do not OVERRIDE HB200 and SB366 and a budget is not passed, it will have devastating effects on the education of your child. Some of the services that are at stake include Kindergarten and Preschool, larger class sizes, Family Resource Center funding, and after school programs/tutoring. This makes it crucial for our legislators to override his veto and pass a budget by the end of Saturday.
So why do we need to close the schools? Teachers across the state are taking a stand for public education. For too many years the funding for our schools has decreased and every district is facing difficult reductions in staff and cuts to programs. Cheating our kids has to stop! The House and Senate reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Many of our educators and support employees will join other districts to raise a collective voice. They are donating their time, and they will not be paid for these days. Our employees are taking a stand so every child has access to an adequately funded education.
By now I hope you are asking, “What does he want me to do when he says for me to advocate for my child?”
WE NEED YOU to join with us in a fight for public education! CONTACT your legislators! 1-800-372-7181. This is all you have to say:
“Please vote to OVERRIDE the Governor’s veto of HB200, HB 366, and SB362.”
It is our hope that by allowing our employees to attend Friday, our legislators will be compelled to vote to OVERIDE the Governor’s veto of our states budget. As a district we will know we have done all we could to advocate on behalf of funding for your child.
Harvey Tackett, Superintendent