Kentucky: GOP Gov. Bevin Moves to Seize Control of Jefferson County Schools

Diane Ravitch's blog

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is moving fast to smash public schools. First, he ousted several members of the state board of education, which promptly ousted the state commissioner of education. The board hired Wayne Lewis, an outspoken charter school advocate as interim state commissioner. 

Lewis announced that he recommends a state takeover of the state’s largest school district, Jefferson County, which includes Louisville. Lewis is an education professor, with no prior experience as a superintendent.

Lots of blah-blah about achievement gaps and test scores but no evident plan to fix any of the problems he describes. And no reference to any successful state takeovers in any other state.

This may be Gov. Bevin’s payback for teacher walkouts.

Prediction: This will not end well.

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