Board to consider firing Kentucky’s education commissioner

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Wayne Lewis

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The newly-appointed Kentucky Board of Education is holding a special meeting Thursday to consider firing the state’s education commissioner.

The meeting comes one day after Governor Andy Beshear issued an executive order dissolving the 11-member board, all appointed by former Governor Matt Bevin, and replacing them with all new members.

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Beshear says he put members on the board who will support public education.

Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis, along with several former board members, advocated for charter schools that would receive state funding, but many educators voiced concern that it would take money from public schools.

The board is expected to hold a closed-door session at Thursday’s meeting to discuss Lewis’ possible termination and the appointment of an acting or interim education commissioner.