Bill introduced to undo Beshear’s remake of school board

Kentucky Board of Education meeting on December 12, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Senate’s top leader has introduced a bill aimed at the governor’s overhaul of the state school board.

Senate President Robert Stivers introduced the bill Tuesday. It would prevent future governors from such a sweeping reorganization of the board’s membership.

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Stivers says it would ensure political, gender and racial diversity on the board overseeing Kentucky’s K-12 education system.

On his first day in office in December, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear fulfilled a campaign pledge when he disbanded and then recreated the Kentucky Board of Education.

Under the bill, Beshear’s appointees would lose their seats but could be reconsidered for reappointment.