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Dear Governor Bevin,
How dare you.
How dare you refuse to support Kentucky public schools.
How dare you insult the voices of those employed in your state’s schools.
How dare you blame these teachers for crimes against children when voicing their dissatisfaction with the school systems.
How dare you.
On Friday afternoon, you told the press, “I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them. I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them…some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone…I’m offended by the fact that people so cavalierly, and so flippantly, disregarded what’s truly best for children.”
As an educator, I’m petrified to know what some of my students must endure at home. However, stating that I am the one to blame for these situations? Shame on you. Are teachers also to blame for kids who get “introduced to drugs” or are “physically harmed” in the evening or on the weekend? I am not a babysitter to simply keep kids out of trouble. I chose education because I want to inspire, protect, and teach; I hope to show kids the benefits of making good choices no matter the time or day.
You know what makes that possible? Time and resources – pay a living wage so that schools can hire invested teachers, buy new materials children are drawn toward, and keep class sizes small so that educators can connect with everyone. Demonizing teachers only weakens your state. Demonizing teachers only hurts the children.
I am absolutely shocked that you could somehow attack the very people working to better our next generation. Yes, the teachers, but also the parents of these children. You have not only criticized every educator for not working hard enough, but also insulted each parent of a school-age child, insinuating that parents disregard the needs of their children.
None of these people will forget your words.
Soon, very soon, I hope you will be taken to task. I know you will get schooled. And in November 2019, you will not get reelected.