FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Education Association (KEA) is calling for a thorough and immediate investigation by the Kentucky State Board of Education into the misuse of public-school teacher’s emails by an unknown entity supporting the reelection campaign of Matt Bevin.
“We have received hundreds of messages from educators across the Commonwealth voicing their outrage at receiving political email through the school district systems. Most school districts have appropriate use policies that prohibit the use of school email for political purposes, and the Bevin administration hasn’t been shy about using those same policies to silence educator voices,” said Eddie Campbell, KEA President. “Educators want answers about who is misusing their emails.”
They say commissioner Lewis is well aware of the policies imposing limits on the use of school email and has used those policies against at least two educators in the past.
Last November, Commissioner Lewis got one teacher fired and another reprimanded for using the school email system to send him messages that he found offensive.
He and the school superintendents that disciplined those two teachers should be just as outraged now.”
Regina Brown, an educator for 31 years and the Director of Special Education and Preschool for the Letcher County schools, received the politically-charged email at her work email address.
“Where’s the outrage from Governor Bevin and Commissioner Lewis on this unlawful use of our publicly-funded email system?” asked Brown. “They’ve investigated and searched the emails of educators who have differing political views than theirs and used those messages to bully and intimidate. Where’s their outrage now that the political use of the emails serves them?”