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Kentucky Board Offers Permanent Job to Interim State Education Commissioner

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The Kentucky Board of Education voted to make Wayne Lewis the state's education commissioner.

Lewis has been in the job on an interim basis since April, when a newly appointed board forced out former Commissioner Stephen Pruitt despite having more than a year left on his contract.

Pruitt's exit prompted protests from some teachers' unions that viewed it as a power grab by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Last week, the state board of education gave Lewis a glowing evaluation and authorized board chairman Hal Heiner to negotiate a contract with Lewis for the full-time job.

Lewis said he was "incredibly humbled" by the appointment and urged the state to come together and "put foolishness aside and focus on our kids."

Vol. 38, Issue 08, Page 5

Published in Print: October 10, 2018, as Kentucky Board Offers Permanent Job to Interim State Education Commissioner
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