School board files complaint against new education law
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The board overseeing Kentucky’s largest school district has filed a lawsuit against legislation passed this year that would transfer some of the panel’s authority to the superintendent.
The Jefferson County Board of Education said Monday it sued state education commissioner Jason Glass in Jefferson County Circuit Court to block parts of the sweeping education measure. which was due to come into effect on July 14, media reported.
It targets the school district by transferring more authority to Superintendent Marty Pollio and limiting how often the board can meet, officials said. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the new boundaries.
“The elected board of the largest school district in the state should not be subject to a special and significant legislative scope that limits our ability to uphold our constitutional oaths,” board chairwoman Diane Porter said in a statement.
Gov. Andy Beshear previously vetoed the legislation, in part because it “unfairly selects” Jefferson County Council.
Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Toni Konz Tatman said Glass is reviewing the lawsuit and “respects this opportunity for the justice system to provide final clarity” on the matter.
“Dr. Glass values and encourages strong and responsible leadership at all levels of public school management and upholds the requirements set forth in the Kentucky Constitution,” she said.