FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) – Originally scheduled to attend a conference hosted by a reform-minded foundation that previously covered travel expenses for Kentucky education officials, Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis remained in Kentucky this week to testify before members of the House and Senate education committees.

Lewis was among Kentucky Department of Education officials who briefed lawmakers Wednesday on the state’s five-star accountability model, new graduation requirements and the processes of setting new academic standards.

Lewis chose to skip the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s 2019 National Summit on Education Reform in San Diego, saying he needed to testify Wednesday because the official originally slated to be at the education panel’s meeting could not attend.

Presentations for Wednesday’s meeting listed Lewis and Rhonda Sims,

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