Ousted board of education members take case against governor to federal court
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions announced Friday it is partnering with the recently ousted members of Kentucky’s Board of Education who are suing over their removal.
The institute says attorneys for the board members have withdrawn the original Circuit Court lawsuit against the governor and filed a case in federal court Friday afternoon.
The former staffers were removed from office by an executive order issued by Governor Andy Beshear on his first day in office.
“The state’s education system is too important to be treated like a political football every time there is a change in administration,” board members’ spokesperson, Dr. Gary Houchens says. “It’s time for the General Assembly to reassert the separation of powers and establish some limits on executive branch control of the Department of Education.”
Beshear kept a campaign promise and reorganized the Kentucky Board of Education.
He disbanded the eleven member board appointed by former governor Matt Bevin and appointed new members who he says support public education.
The board members who were ousted claim removing them without just cause and before their terms were up violated state law.
The governor contends he has the authority to reorganize state boards.