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.