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Louisville Courier Journal

Ousted members of the Kentucky Board of Education will ask a judge to halt the board’s new members from meeting — a request that could thwart Gov. Andy Beshear’s campaign promise to swiftly fire the state education commissioner.

Beshear, a Democrat, issued an executive order Tuesday dissolving the board overseeing Kentucky’s K-12 school system. He then appointed 11 new members.

Those new members are scheduled to meet Thursday and will attempt to remove Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis.

But 10 of the board’s ousted members, each appointed by former Gov. Matt Bevin, will ask Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate on Wednesday afternoon to grant a temporary order blocking the new board from holding that meeting.

Their request is part of a larger lawsuit alleging Beshear broke state law by removing Bevin’s board members before their terms ended and without citing just cause for their removal.

The hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.at Franklin County Circuit Court in Frankfort.

Mandy McLaren: 502-582-4525; [email protected]; Twitter: @mandy_mclaren. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/mandym.

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