September 9, 2019 Blog, Press Release

How Matt Bevin Really Feels About Public Education

Despite his claims, Matt Bevin has waged a war on public education for the last four years, often attacking teachers unprovoked.

“The constant attacks and lack of support for public education by this administration have taken its toll on Kentucky classrooms,” said Marisa McNee, spokesperson for the Kentucky Democratic Party. “This governor can’t rewrite history no matter how hard he tries. Another four years of Matt Bevin would be disastrous for public education in Kentucky, and Kentuckians deserve better.”

Here’s a reminder of Bevin’s history of attacks on teachers:

“The Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s investigative arm combed through superintendents’ emails, Capitol visitors’ logs and more than 12,700 sick-day entries before concluding that hundreds of protesting educators broke the law earlier this year… Investigators also requested Capitol surveillance footage from the Kentucky State Police…” – Sept. 4, Louisville Courier Journal

“The same bill came forward again this summer when nobody was in school, and nobody showed up. When it’s vacation time, people are a little less worked up it seems.” — Aug. 20, radio interview with Brian Thomas

“These people could have each been fined up to $1,000 per day, and the state realized this was a teaching opportunity… we’ll make clear, it is a violation and if it were to happen again, people could be held into account. And it’s not going to happen again.” — Aug. 20 radio interview with Brian Thomas. 

“Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin slammed teachers for being ‘selfish and short-sighted’ for protesting policies in the pension reform bill.” — March 2018, Louisville Courier Journal

“That’s the kind of thug mentality that’s being dealt with and it’s unfortunate,” — Matt Bevin on teachers who oppose him. March 2018, Louisville Courier Journal

“It’s like saving a drowning victim, Brian. It’s like somebody, they’re fighting, they’re fighting and they are pulling you under. You just need to knock them out and drag them to shore. It’s for their own good.” — Matt Bevin radio interview March 2018