Fight surfaces over which court should hear subpoena case


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A legal fight in Kentucky over subpoenas sent to school districts as part of an investigation into teacher sickouts has expanded to include which court should hear the case.

State Labor Cabinet attorneys filed a notice of removal to have the case shifted to federal court.

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Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office says it will contest the filing, arguing the case belongs in state court.

Beshear recently filed the suit in Franklin County Circuit Court to try to block the subpoenas issued by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration. It was assigned to a judge who has drawn Bevin’s ire for his ruling in a public pension case.

In another development, the state Education Department has given Bevin’s administration the names of teachers possibly involved in sickouts after receiving a subpoena from the state.

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