LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Bevin administration has subpoenaed records from JCPS regarding last month’s teacher sickouts across the district.
A JCPS spokesman confirmed the Kentucky Labor Cabinet issued the subpoena Wednesday.
Teachers called out sick in great numbers six times last month in order to rally in Frankfort as legislators considered several education-related measures. JCPS canceled classes on those six days, and several other area districts also missed class time due to high sickout rates.
Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis requested -- and received -- the names of the JCPS teachers who called out sick, but insisted none of them would be disciplined as long as the sickouts ended. The legislative session ended several days later, on March 28.
Oldham County and Bullitt County schools also received the same subpoenas Wednesday.
That afternoon, Bevin addressed the subpoenas on WHAS Radio, saying those who weren’t dishonest have nothing to worry about.
“If people pretended to be sick when they weren’t sick and did not use the system as it is intended to be used, then arguably there should be cause for concern,” Bevin said. “It should be the cause of concern for the administration, of the people in charge of that process, because an abuse of the process should be of concern to taxpayers at every level.”
The Kentucky Education Association released a statement on the subpoenas Wednesday evening, targeting Governor Matt Bevin.