Educators’ legislative bids fall short
Kentucky School Advocate
By Brenna R. Kelly
Educators across the state pledged to Remember in November, but based on the outcomes of the Nov. 6 election, many forgot.
“It was just amnesia,” Renee Shaw, host of KET’s Kentucky Tonight, said during the show’s recap of the 2018 election.
Spurred to action by changes to the state pension system and what they deemed a war on public education, this spring thousands of teachers and education advocates flocked to protests at the Capitol.
Then several decided to run for a seat in the state legislature. In all, 53 candidates for Kentucky House and Senate seats in the general election had some tie to education. The candidates included retired and active teachers, higher education employees and current and former school board members.