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Teacher sickout continues Thursday in Jefferson, other counties

Teachers in Jefferson County, Kentucky’s largest public school district continued their sickout on Thursday in protest of lawmakers’ actions in the General Assembly.

School district officials made the announcement Wednesday night.

Fayette County Public Schools, which closed one day last week due to teacher absences, stayed open on Wednesday and Thursday. District spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said late Wednesday that the number of current Fayette teacher “absences are typical for this time of year.”

The Fayette County Education Association at 10 p.m. Wednesday posted a message on social media saying that group and the Kentucky Education Association were not calling for a teacher sickout Thursday. The Fayette school district and FCEA would be sending teachers and support staff to Frankfort through next week, the post said.

“Please continue to trust in KEA and FCEA leadership and keep doing what we do best, teaching our kids,” the post said.

In addition to Jefferson County, Oldham and Bullitt county school districts also canceled classes Thursday as a result of a high number of teacher absences.

Teachers have said they are protesting a number of issues in the 2019 General Assembly, including House Bill 205, which would create a scholarship tax credit program.

Gov. Matt Bevin appeared to voice his opinion on the sickout Wednesday night on Twitter.

“Tomorrow is a school day in Kentucky ... School children should be in school ... Learning,” Bevin said in a tweet.

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