Judge denies injunction sought by ex-school board members

Kentucky Board of Education meeting on December 12, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A federal judge has refused to undo Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s action that reorganized the state school board.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove on Thursday denied a request for a preliminary injunction.

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It was sought by several members of the former board that Beshear disbanded on his first day in office in December.

The new governor then recreated the board, fulfilling a campaign pledge.

Van Tatenhove said that for the ousted members, the action seems “unfair” and a “terrible idea.” He says they might be right, but he says the governor’s actions “are not contrary to federal law.”