KENTUCKY’S DEMOCRATIC Attorney General Andy Beshear leads current Gov. Matt Bevin by more than 5,000 votes in a high-profile gubernatorial race that drew more than 1.4 million people to the polls – a race considered by many as a bellwether for the potential impact educators may have in 2020.
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For nearly three years, teachers have displayed a historic wave of activism across the country over issues of pay, increased funding, support services and the creep of charter schools, and that’s been especially true in Kentucky.
“To our educators, your courage to stand up and fight up against all the bullying and name calling helped galvanize our entire state,” Beshear said Tuesday evening during a victory speech. As of Wednesday, election results remained unofficial as Bevin sought a recanvas of the vote.
The two national teachers unions were quick to pin Bevin’s close race on the increased unrest that’s taken root in more than a dozen places this year alone, including in Kentucky, where for the last two years in a row educators walked off the job to protest for higher pay and increases to the public education system.