KY Gov.: I Guarantee Kids Were 'Sexually Assaulted' During Teacher Rally

Interactive map: Which KY districts are closed Friday

Kentucky's House of Representatives has overridden Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of a two-year state spending plan that increases education funding with the help of a $480 million tax increase. More than 30 school districts said they were forced to close because they didn't have enough teachers.

"Governor Bevin's statement is not only irrational and appalling, it is insulting to the educators and parents who are courageously and respectfully advocating for a better future for the Kentucky children", said García.

The remarks drew a backlash.

Republican state Sen. Max Wise, who serves as the chamber's Education Committee chairman, also had harsh words for Bevin's remarks.

In Arizona, protests and walkouts triggered Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's promise of a 20 percent raise by 2020.

Bevin told reporters outside the Capitol on Friday night it was "offensive" that so many districts were closed. "We were there with the overwhelming support and encouragement of our parents who know that we care about every student in our classes". They don't have a backup for them. He said they would not raise enough money to cover the new spending.

Bevin said "hundreds of thousands of children" were left alone across Kentucky as a result. More than 2,500 teachers called in absences in advance at the Louisville school system, which has more than 100,000 students.

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"The bottom line is that's one day", Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim told the Courier Journal.

After a long day of teacher rallies across Kentucky, WHAS11 was able to speak with the governor to hear his opinion on the demonstrations.

Bevin's comments received bipartisan backlash in the state.

"Trying to divide teachers from kids is the vintage right-wing playbook used as an excuse to fail to fund public schools".

The House voted 57-40 to override the veto of the tax increase and 66-28 to override Bevin's veto of the budget, with Republicans eager to assert their independence after a challenging year muddied by a sexual harassment scandal. The governor's press secretary did not immediately return CNN's request for comment Saturday morning. JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio declined to comment.

Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler said she was "appalled" by Bevin's comment. "His insults of teachers over the a year ago have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official. As a mother, suggesting children were abused as a prop for his political rhetoric is disturbing and absurdly in poor taste". They don't get paid whether they go to work or not, they don't have an option and some of them were given literally a matter of hours.

Bevin said, that in some "communities", his fellow Kentuckians knew children would be home alone and "took advantage of it". And as surely as we're having this conversation, children were harmed, some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone.

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