Kentucky education commissioner resigns

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First official meeting with the newly-appointed Kentucky Board of Education on December 12, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state’s education commissioner has submitted a letter of resignation to the newly-appointed Kentucky Board of Education Thursday.

The letter was submitted during a special meeting called by the board to discuss removing Wayne Lewis as education commissioner.

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Governor Andy Beshear ousted the former board members in his first act in office Tuesday. He replaced them with members he says supports public education.

Lewis, along with several previous board members, advocated for charter schools, which educators worried would take away money and resources from public schools.

The new board will now begin a national search for a new education commissioner.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.