Rocky Adkins on Education



Protect public education from private, for-profit schools

We must do all we can to protect the future of public employees, teachers and public education in Kentucky. What happened to teachers and public employees in the last legislative session is inexcusable. We made a promise to teachers, public employees and first responders, and that is a promise that must be kept.

As a former teacher and proud son of a father who taught in the classroom for 39 years, I know the importance of a strong public education system. Charter school legislation passed in the 2017 legislative session takes money from public education--from teachers and students in those classrooms--and moves it to private, for-profit schools. Charter schools can pick and choose which students they serve, and they often don't offer programs to assist low-income students. Education is the great equalizer so we must ensure that every student, from our rural towns to our urban centers, receives the highest quality education.

Source: 2019 Kentucky governor campaign website RockyAdkins.com , Dec 31, 2018

Better retirement pensions for teachers

The Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously struck down the pension reform law, known as Senate Bill 151, passed by the 2018 General Assembly. Teachers stormed the Capitol and protested in response to the surprise hits to their pensions.

Gov. Bevin held a press conference to discuss the ruling, saying that he is concerned that this will set back legislative fixes on the pension system as it continues to accumulate more and more debt.

So far, Bevin has two challengers for the 2019 governor's race: Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear and House leader Rocky Adkins. Both Beshear and Adkins have criticized Bevin's pension fix during their campaigns. Adkins called it a "huge victory" and Beshear said it was a "landmark win."

Bevin wasn't having it, despite the ramifications to his re-election. "This is how they view this, it is through a political prism," Bevin said. "That is the absolute wrong way to look at this. I don't give a rip about the consequences politically at this point."

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal on Kentucky voting records: SB151 , Dec 14, 2018

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KY Gubernatorial:
Adam Edelen
Alison Grimes
Andy Beshear
Ben Chandler
Elaine Chao
Jim Gray
Matt Bevin
Robert Goforth
KY Senatorial:
Amy McGrath
C. Wesley Morgan
Jim Gray
Mary Ann Tobin
Mitch McConnell
Rand Paul
Steven Cox

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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