State seeks takeover of Kentucky’s largest school district

Kentucky's interim education commissioner has recommended the state take over management of one of the country's largest public school districts.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s interim education commissioner has recommended the state take over management of one of the country’s largest public school districts.

Wayne Lewis says the results of a more than yearlong audit make it clear that many children in Jefferson County Public Schools have “neither been protected nor served well.”

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The decision comes nearly two weeks after the newly appointed state Board of Education ousted former Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and replaced him with Lewis, a former high-level appointee in Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration.

The district can appeal the decision to the Kentucky Board of Education, which would hold a public hearing.

Lewis says Superintendent Martin Pollio will manage the district. Elected school board members will not be removed from office but serve in an advisory role.

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4/30/2018 4:48:44 PM (GMT -4:00)