By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Cheerleaders, a children's rhythm section, and the lieutenant governor roused a crowd of more than 1,000 children and adults, who gathered in the Capitol Rotunda to advocate for the needs of children.

Kentucky Youth Advocates executive director Terry Brooks said when the group held its first Children's Advocacy Day rally eight years ago, only 12 people attended. Last year it was 1,200, and this year's gathering had the same number.

Brooks said the group's main legislative priorities this year are to get state government to do something about the problem of child abuse fatalities, prevent teachers who are disciplined from being transferred to alternative school programs, promote an earned income tax credit for low-income families, and to reduce the number of children jailed for status offenses. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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