LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Gov.-elect Andy Beshear is poised to become the first Kentucky governor since the passage of a landmark education reform law in 1990 to completely overhaul the state’s education board by executive order, a move he has pledged to make on the first day of his administration.
Such a sweeping reorganization could ultimately wind up in court if disputed by any of the 11 current voting board members appointed by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.
Beshear, as attorney general, sued Bevin over his 2017 reorganizations of education-related boards, but the Kentucky Supreme Court sided with Bevin in a unanimous decision. That ruling, Beshear has said, gives him authority to reconstitute the state board once he takes office Dec. 10.