FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – Another legal battle began over public education in Kentucky on Friday.
Attorney General Andy Beshear and Governor Matt Bevin brought their fight to the Supreme Court on Friday. Bevin believes that he has the power to change state education boards, while Beshear disagrees.
Bevin did this in between legislative sessions in 2017 using an executive order. Bevin’s lawyer said this was perfectly legal. Beshear argued that Bevin is overstepping his power.
Bevin’s lawyer said, “For almost 60 years, the governor – whoever that person has been – has had the power to reorganize boards and commissions in the executive branch during the interim, between legislative sessions.”
Beshear said, “That would give this governor control over each and every part of education and the ability to punish our teachers.”
There has been no announcement from the Supreme Court about when this decision will be made.