During the 2018 Kentucky Legislative Session, lawmakers pulled a “bait and switch” on educators. SB 1 was introduced as a pension bill that would have reduced benefits for educators. Shockingly, elements of SB 1 were combined into another bill, SB 151 which was initially regarding wastewater services. The Kentucky Education Association (K
EA) reported that due to the switch they were not allowed to testify and the bill had not had an actuarial review. KEA also reported that lawmakers were not able to read the entire 291-page bill before they voted for its passage. KEA members felt the legislature had blindsided taxpayers and passed the bill without due process. To read more about the issue in Kentucky click here.
Why are we reporting this information to you? This is meant as a cautionary tale. MRTA is here to prevent these kinds of attacks. We are here to watch for these kinds of maneuvers and to “rally the troops” if something similar arises here in Missouri. If we have said it once we have said it a thousand times, “THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS!” We need YOU! Please renew your MRTA dues today!
The Silver Lining – “The Year of the Teacher”
In addition to changing pensions for educators, Kentucky lawmakers also passed a law allowing charter schools and for several years in a row did not budget money for schools equating again in no teacher raises. It is clear that educators in Kentucky are fed up. The mid-term 138 seats in the General Assembly and 51 of them are being contested by active teachers, retired teachers, and school board members who have had enough. This unprecedented wave of education-minded candidates has many calling this election year, “The Year of the Teacher.” How inspiring, but at what a cost!
Help MRTA now by renewing for 2019! Missouri Legislative Session begins on January 9th. We need YOU!