Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear reverses Bevin teacher policy

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear meets with supporters on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Frankfort, Ky., after unveiling his teacher pay proposal. Beshear proposed a $2,000 across-the-board pay raise for Kentucky’s public school teachers as part of an incentives package aimed at resolving a teacher shortage in the state. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

(AP)- Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says public school teachers who called in sick to protest legislation at the Capitol in Frankfort did not violate the law.

A Monday letter from Beshear’s labor secretary concludes that the teachers were not engaged in an illegal work stoppage, although some schools did have to close from lack of personnel. The decision by Democrat Beshear’s administration reverses a previous decision by the labor secretary for his Republican predecessor.

Beshear’s labor secretary concludes the protesting teachers were exercising their constitutional rights. In a Tuesday statement on the decision, Beshear says the teachers are “welcome in Frankfort.”

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(This story was originally published on December 31, 2019)

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