NKY schools close as teachers rally at state capital

NKY schools close as teachers rally at state capital

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - Several schools in northern Kentucky are closed Friday as teachers rally in Frankfort.

Educators from across the state are converging on the state capital to protest possible budget cuts that would affect public schools and to express their disapproval with changes to their pensions.

The following local districts are closed: Grant County Schools, Gallatin County Schools, Owen County Schools, Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District, Bellevue Independent Schools and Newport Independent Schools.

"If the Governor's vetoes are not overridden, the financial implications of these vetoes mean that budget cuts to school districts will be inevitable," reads a Facebook post on the Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District.

Students will see a cut in kindergarten and preschool services, class size, extracurricular services, family resource centers, tutoring and counseling if the bill is not overridden, the post states.

Changes already were made to the teacher pension system.

Current benefits for teachers will go untouched, but there will be a new pension plan for incoming ones.

Educators have expressed concerns this will ultimately hurt students because it'll be hard to recruit quality instructors.

The lawmakers get started in their final two days of general assembly at 10 a.m.

If they don't pass a budget, Gov. Matt Bevin will have to call a special session in the near future.

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