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Judge: Former Education Board Can't Stall Meeting Of New Board

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A scheduled meeting of the new state board of education installed by Gov. Andy Beshear will likely go ahead as planned Thursday morning following a judge’s ruling.

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate issued a late decision denying former board members a temporary injunction blocking the new board from gathering.

The reconstituted board is slated to discuss the possible removal of Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis, a charter schools supporter backed by former Republican governor Matt Bevin. It’s also set to weigh the appointment of an interim director and the launch of a search for a permanent replacement.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Lewis has said he would not resign immediately, instead insisting on a 90 day notice if he is terminated without cause – per his contract.

Beshear appointed a new state board of education as his first act as governor.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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