JCPS parents shocked over pension reform related school closures

JCPS parents shocked over pension reform related school closures
Several parents were unaware schools were closed and dropped students off at Meyzeek on Friday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Several parents and students were met by locked doors and a dark Meyzeek Middle School on Friday morning.

Jefferson County Public Schools were forced to close due to the number of teachers that called in sick. The district did not have enough substitutes to cover the absences.

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Many teachers are furious over the Kentucky General Assembly's Thursday night passage of a last-minute bill to overhaul the state's pension system. Governor Bevin is expected to sign the legislation.

Teachers across Kentucky began calling out of school Friday to protest the measure.

Parents and students outside of Meyzeek Middle School had mixed reactions to the news on Friday as they pulled into the carpool line confused to find classes canceled.

"I was shocked because I was like 'why is there no school,' parent Michelle Harris said. "I was thinking it was rain and the buses and stuff."

Harris said she believes the situation could have been handled differently.

"I think this is something they probably should have handled some time after instead of closing schools," Harris said. "The students should be able to come to school and learning. They can't just cancel school because they have a disagreement over their pensions."

JCPS is on Spring Break next week.

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