The protests by teachers in America are having a significant impact. A teacher in Kentucky just defeated the state’s House Majority Leader in a GOP primary. This occurs only months after educators protested state lawmakers for passing a controversial pension bill.
High school math teacher Travis Brenda narrowly beat out House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell Tuesday. It was the Republican primary for the 71st House District seat.
Brenda Credits Backing of Teachers
Brenda credited the backing of teachers for his win. He noted that it sends a message to lawmakers that public employees won’t stay quiet, according to the AP.
Shell played a significant role in the pension bill, which sparked teacher protests at the state Capitol earlier this year. Schools across the state shut down as educators spoke out against the legislation. The measure made significant changes to the pension system and was quickly passed during the last days of the legislative session.
The state GOP considered Shell a rising star. He had the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to the Lexington Herald.
Now Brenda will face Democratic candidate Mary Renfro in the general election, according to the AP.