RPK Asks Andy: Would He Shut Down Schools Again?

This weekend, KDP Chairman Colmon Eldridge praised Beshear for his school shutdowns, stating that Beshear had a “moral duty” to shut down schools

Frankfort, Ky. (August 21, 2023) – The Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK) today is calling on Gov. Andy Beshear to answer a crucial question: Would he shut down schools again?

Over the weekend, Kentucky Democrat Party Chairman Colmon Eldridge praised Beshear for his school shutdowns, stating that Beshear had a “moral duty” to shut down schools, even though most everyone now believes that decision was a huge policy mistake that inflicted historic learning loss. 

“Andy Beshear’s failure to act in the best interest of Kentucky’s children was a historic disaster, and now his own party is praising that mistake,” said Sean Southard, RPK spokesman and Cameron for Governor campaign surrogate. “It’s time for Beshear to explain why his party is glorifying a policy that so clearly failed our students, parents, and teachers.”

The consequences of school shutdowns have been profound, resulting in lost learning opportunities, increased mental health challenges, and social isolation for children across the Commonwealth.

In stark contrast to Governor Beshear, Republican nominee for Governor Daniel Cameron recently released a comprehensive plan to get kids caught up from the historic learning loss inflicted by Beshear’s school shutdowns. The Cameron Catch-Up Plan includes the largest expansion of reading and math instruction in state history, restoring order to the classroom, surging resources to classrooms, and increased pay for teachers. 

“Andy Beshear still hasn’t apologized to students, parents, or teachers for the pain and lost ground he inflicted on them,” Southard said. “Daniel Cameron’s plan represents a thoughtful, responsible way to address the historic learning loss and ensure that our children’s education remains a priority.”

The RPK calls on Governor Beshear to address the comments from the KDP chairman and to state clearly whether he would shut down schools again.


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