Kentucky teachers march on state capitol

As Kentucky teachers declare victory after the Republican-dominated legislature overrode vetoes from the state’s GOP governor on a spending plan that included new money for education, the question going forward is whether teachers will be able to sustain their momentum into the fall elections, when Republicans will try to defend their supermajority.

Teacher Karen Schwartz brought a sign to Kentucky’s state capitol on Friday declaring “Support our Schools.” But it was her shoes, a comfortable pair of Crocs, that had a bigger message for state lawmakers. “They think we are going to get tired and go home,” she said. “We’re not going to get tired.”

Teachers had been booing Republicans for months after they passed changes to the teachers’ pension system. But Friday, teachers cheered as Republicans voted to override Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes.

Those cheers were dampened later when Bevin decried teachers for leaving work to protest at the Capitol, causing more than 30 school districts in the state to close for the day.

Thousands of teachers rallied inside and outside the Capitol on Friday. The rally took on a festival-like atmosphere as some teachers sat in lawn chairs or sprawled out on blankets. The Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young hit “Teach Your Children” bellowed from the loudspeakers. (AP)

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<p>Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP)

<p>Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP)

<p>Teachers from across Kentucky fill the gallery of the House chamber in the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Teachers from across Kentucky fill the gallery of the House chamber in the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP)

<p>Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP)

<p>Teachers look on as The Senate votes on bills for increased funding and to changes to their state funded pension system, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Teachers look on as The Senate votes on bills for increased funding and to changes to their state funded pension system, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP)

<p>Kentucky Public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Kentucky Public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>Teachers from across Kentucky pack the gallery of the Senate chambers inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Teachers from across Kentucky pack the gallery of the Senate chambers inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bryan Woolston/AP)

<p>Kentucky Public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Kentucky Public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>Kentucky Public school teachers sit outside the House chamber as they rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills April 13, 2018 in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Kentucky Public school teachers sit outside the House chamber as they rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills April 13, 2018 in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills April 13, 2018 in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills April 13, 2018 in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>Kentucky Public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Kentucky Public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>A protester holds a toilet seat as thousands of Kentucky school teachers march Monday morning, April 3, 2018, from the Kentucky Education Association headquarters on Capital Avenue to the State Capitol in Frankfort to protest legislative changes to their pensions and education cuts. (Photo: Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

A protester holds a toilet seat as thousands of Kentucky school teachers march Monday morning, April 3, 2018, from the Kentucky Education Association headquarters on Capital Avenue to the State Capitol in Frankfort to protest legislative changes to their pensions and education cuts. (Photo: Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

<p>Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Kentucky Public school teachers rally for a “day of action” at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent veto of the state’s tax and budget bills in Frankfort, Ky., April 13, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>Teachers from across Kentucky fill the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Timothy D. Easley/AP) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Teachers from across Kentucky fill the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Timothy D. Easley/AP)

<p>Thousands of public school teachers and their supporters protest against a pension reform bill at the Kentucky State Capitol April 2, 2018 in Frankfort, Ky., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Thousands of public school teachers and their supporters protest against a pension reform bill at the Kentucky State Capitol April 2, 2018 in Frankfort, Ky., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>Public school teachers and their supporters protest against a pension reform bill outside the senate chambers at the Kentucky State Capitol, April 2, 2018 in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Public school teachers and their supporters protest against a pension reform bill outside the senate chambers at the Kentucky State Capitol, April 2, 2018 in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

<p>Teachers from across Kentucky gather outside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Timothy D. Easley/AP) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Teachers from across Kentucky gather outside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Timothy D. Easley/AP)

<p>Public school teachers and their supporters protest against a pension reform bill outside the senate chambers at the Kentucky State Capitol, April 2, 2018 in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) </p>
Kentucky teachers march on state Capitol

Public school teachers and their supporters protest against a pension reform bill outside the senate chambers at the Kentucky State Capitol, April 2, 2018 in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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