KEA: Education Commissioner could be fired Tuesday

Stephen Pruitt was named Education Commissioner back in 2015.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt’s job could be on the line Tuesday.

A special meeting will be held in Frankfort at 1:30 p.m. to swear in new appointees to the Kentucky Board of Education.

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According to the meeting agenda, there will also be “discussion of the appointment, discipline or dismissal of an individual employee.”

While Pruitt isn’t named on the agenda, the Kentucky Education Association warns that Pruitt could be on the chopping block.

“The legislative session is over but the back-door political maneuvering continues,” the KEA said in a statement.

This comes after Governor Matt Bevin appointed seven new members of the Kentucky Board of Education. Among them is now former Secretary of Education and Workforce Hal Heiner and Bevin’s former communications director Amanda Stamper.

Heiner’s been a fierce critic of the public education system in the past. He led a pro charter school group back in 2012 that ran advertisements advocating for charter schools.