By BRUCE SCHREINER
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Teachers who clogged the halls of Kentucky's Capitol when lawmakers last met are set to return in force as they loudly demand that the legislature defy a Republican governor and restore increases in education funding.
School was canceled in more than 30 districts statewide - including Kentucky's two largest in Louisville and Lexington - to accommodate all the teachers and other school workers wanting to attend the latest rally. Other districts sent delegations but kept classes open.
Kentucky lawmakers are reconvening Friday for a scheduled two-day wrap-up of the legislative session. They're likely to get a boisterous reception from teachers.
Kentucky's unrest comes as teachers in Oklahoma and Arizona have protested low funding and teacher pay. The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia teachers, whose nine-day walkout earlier this year led to a 5 percent pay increase.
In Kentucky, teacher anger has boiled over amid changes to their pension system and a battle for more education funding.
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