ICYMI: Beshear breaking law and playing politics with Kentucky’s Board of Education

New Courier Journal report sheds light on Beshear breaking the law with board appointments

Frankfort, Ky. (May 23, 2023) – The Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK) issued the following statement in response to a new Courier Journal report which revealed Andy Beshear is breaking the law and playing politics with appointments to Kentucky’s Board of Education.

“Just like Joe Biden, Andy Beshear campaigned as a moderate but is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat,” RPK spokesman Sean Southard said. “Andy Beshear likes to say he’s ‘beyond politics,’ but it’s clear he’s willing to insert his political agenda into classrooms across Kentucky. He says he can’t find two Republicans to appoint to our state board of education, but the reality is Andy Beshear doesn’t believe any Republicans belong on the board: his first day in office he appointed a board of education without a single Republican. Andy is fully committed to playing politics with the education of our children. Daniel Cameron will put politics aside and follow the law, unlike Andy Beshear.”

Read the full story from the Courier Journal here. 

Background: Andy Beshear Plays Politics with Education

Governor Beshear’s Team has previously said he would appoint a new board of education on “day one” and it was his wish that “the new Board of Education would select a new commissioner on day two.” Herald-Leader, 11/25/19.

Beshear spokesperson said that he “must have Kentucky Board of Education members and a Commissioner of Education that shares their objectives and priorities for public education.” Herald-Leader, 11/25/19.

Governor Beshear was the first governor in Kentucky history to reorganize the Kentucky Board of Education to achieve his political goals. WDRB, 12/11/19.

Liberal Courier Journal columnist Joe Gerth said Beshear’s decision to not appoint a single Republican to the state board of education was a huge mistake. Courier Journal, 11/7/20.

Governor Beshear praised his own action to eliminate the previous board and the selection of Education Commissioner Jason Glass in a press release, calling him “a new leader” with “a vision.” Kentucky Department of Education, 7/10/20.

Beshear’s Education Commissioner testified that public school teachers who were concerned about state or local guidance about the use of preferred pronouns should find another job – during a teacher shortage. YouTube, 3/23/23.

Andy Beshear violated the Open Records Law in trying to prevent the disclosure of email communications about school closures from his senior staff. Fox News, 1/18/23.

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