Bill introduced to undo Beshear’s remake of school board

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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.

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.

The bill would prevent future governors from such a sweeping reorganization of the board’s membership. Stivers says it would ensure political, gender and racial diversity on the board overseeing Kentucky’s K-12 education system.

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

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(This story was originally published on February 26, 2020.)

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