Beshear reverses ruling on teacher “sickouts”

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Courtesy MGN Online

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Andy Beshear announced Tuesday he’s reversing former Governor Matt Bevin’s decision that teachers violated state law when participating in ‘sickouts.’

Beshear says almost 1,000 teachers were wrongly accused of violating state labor laws and were threatened with fines of up to $1,000 per violation.

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“We are rescinding the prior administration’s stance to make clear that our teachers and educators never broke the law and are welcome in Frankfort,” says Beshear. “In order to do what is best for our public education system and each student, we must respect each other and find ways to work together.”

The letter says the former secretary’s conclusion was not legal since there was no “strike” or “work stoppage” under KRS 336.130(1). The letter also says teachers were exercising constitutional rights to speech, petition and assembly and were not disputing with their employers about the terms of their employment.

To read a copy of the letter, click here.