The Kentucky Department of Education's chief attorney has resigned in a move that comes weeks before a hearing on the proposed state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools.
Department spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez says Kevin C. Brown's final day with the department was Wednesday. Brown had served as associate commissioner and general counsel.
The Courier Journal reports that as the department's main attorney, Brown likely would have been involved in the state's arguments supporting a takeover of JCPS.
Rodriguez did not say why Brown resigned. She says his departure will not affect the hearing.
The Jefferson County school board voted to appeal a recommendation for the district to be placed under state control.
The state and school district are expected to present their arguments for and against a takeover, respectively, to the state education board in late June.