Thousands rally at State Capitol

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – If you hit traffic in, or on your way to, Frankfort on Monday, the rally is to blame. Some are calling it the largest rally they’ve ever seen in Frankfort.

Thousands of people flooded Capitol Avenue, and the Capitol steps for one reason. They were protesting not only the pension reform bill, but the proposed budget that drastically cuts funding for education.

People at the rally say they’ve had enough.

“We’ve seen our government at its worst with back room meetings, late night sessions and blatant, blatant disregard for the voice of the people, your voice,” said an organizer from Kentucky Education Association (KEA).

A voice they’re making sure is heard now.

Marchers say first the legislature attacked their pensions, and now it’s trying to ruin public education as a whole, in favor of charter schools.

“Our government needs to fund public schools, it’s the law,” said Shelbie Sledd, a math teacher at Harrison County High School. “Every child’s entitled to a public education and with funding we can do anything and we wouldn’t even need charter schools at that point.”

Several people say they realize it may be too late to stop the legislature in this session, but in November, they say they’ll remember, and their votes will reflect that.

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