Teachers are returning to state Capitols one year after strikes and walkouts to protest pensions, education funding and teacher pay.

Teachers called in sick Thursday to close six Kentucky school districts to protest a bill in the Republican-controlled state legislature that would dilute the power of the state’s largest teachers association to nominate members to the pension board.

State legislatures in West Virginia, Arizona and Oklahoma have introduced legislation teachers say is in retaliation for their protests. Most of those bills appear not to have support.

Kristin Walker, a Jefferson County teacher shouts in a hearing room to protest a bill that would change how individuals are nominated to the Kentucky teachers retirement systems board of trustees, in Frankfort,, Ky, Thursday, Feb 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
Kristin Walker, a Jefferson County teacher shouts in a hearing room to protest a bill that would change how individuals are nominated to the Kentucky teachers retirement systems board of trustees, in Frankfort,, Ky, Thursday, Feb 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)