Madison County Schools Subpoenaed by Labor Cabinet, Could Face Fines for Sickouts

Teachers from across eastern Kentucky rallied at the Capitol on a snowy spring day earlier this month to protest proposed cuts to education and state employee pensions. (Kentucky Today/Robin Cornetet)

Madison County Schools has now been subpoenaed along with other counties by The Kentucky Labor Cabinet related to teacher absences during a sickout, and could be fined. Jefferson, Bullit and Oldham County Schools also received the subpoena.

Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis had asked previously for the names of teachers who called out sick during protests at the state capitol for February 28, March 5-7, and March 12-14. Also requested were doctor’s notes to prove each teacher was sick from all schools, as well as documentations of each school’s policies and procedures in order to grant sick leave.