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Schools to be open Friday amid protests in Frankfort

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Superintendent says teachers will use personal days

By Christian Marnon

Unlike nearly two other school districts across Kentucky planning to close Friday for an organized teacher protest in Frankfort, Anderson County schools will be open, according to information provided by Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

Mitchell said the district will send a "delegation of representatives" — teachers who will use their personal time to be away from school and will pay for their own transportation.

"Teachers are representing Anderson County Schools and those going as delegates are going as a professional release day," Mitchell said. "They are expected to be at the Capitol from 8:00 to 3:30 and have passes to attend the sessions. Those going on their own are taking personal days. Transportation is not provided.

“ACSchools Staff and Administration believe it is in the best interest of our students for school to be in session on Friday, April 13,” Mitchell wrote on the district's website. “We also believe that representation is essential as critical decisions are being made affecting the future of public education in Kentucky.”

According to Lex18, 20 schools districts have announced closings this Friday to protest the passage of the pension reform bill, along with Governor Matt Bevin’s veto of the tax reform bill and the budget proposal.

The closings occurred after Bevin commented that another teacher walkout would be “irresponsible” and a “mistake.”