On March 14, in accordance with the authority granted to the Kentucky commissioner of education by a state law that dates back decades, I sent an email to 10 school district superintendents requesting records and documents.

The 10 districts identified had experienced at least one day of a work stoppage since Feb. 28; the result of more teachers calling in sick than the districts were capable of covering. Most of those 10 districts had experienced only one day of work stoppage. Bullitt County had experienced three days, and Jefferson County had experienced a staggering six days within a two-week time span.

My request has been met with criticism and outrage from some educators who participated in the protests at the Capitol, many of whom feel

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