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Covington Independent Schools closed again Tuesday amid education protests

Covington Independent Schools closed again Tuesday amid education protests
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Several school districts in the Northern Kentucky area closed Monday as teachers across the state rallied for education in Frankfort.

One of those, Covington Independent Schools, is calling off class again Tuesday.

Teachers across the Commonwealth have been outraged over pension changes and spent the day demanding generous school funding.

Republican lawmakers in Kentucky passed a pension overhaul Thursday that preserves benefits for most workers but cuts them for new teachers.

The move was done in response to chronic underfunding of the state’s teacher retirement system and in defiance of a powerful teachers union that vowed political retribution.

Opponents objected that the pension changes were inserted into an unrelated bill without a chance for public input, and worry that the changes will discourage young people from joining the profession.

The move prompted hundreds of teachers called in sick Friday to protest last-minute changes to their pension system.

Then, several schools across Kentucky closed Monday, due either to spring break or to allow teachers and other school employees to attend the biggest rally yet.

In a note sent to WLWT on Monday night, Covington Independent Schools said “All Covington Schools will be closed on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 due to high teacher absenteeism and a lack of substitute coverage.”

Attorney General Andy Beshear and education groups said they plan to sue due to a lack of analysis for the pension bill.

State employee groups are also considering a lawsuit.

Gov. Matt Bevin said he intends to sign the pension reform bill.

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