(Frankfort, KY) Late this afternoon, the Kentucky Education Association filed a Motion to Intervene in Civil Action 17-CI-00673 currently pending in Franklin Circuit Court. That original action, filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth, challenges the legality of Governor Bevin’s recent Executive Order no. 2017-364, which purports to reorganize the Education Professional Standards Board and other education-related boards. KEA seeks to intervene in order to protect the rights of certified educators.
KEA’s mission is to “unite, organize and empower members to advocate for themselves and to ensure quality public education for every Kentucky student.” KEA is a voluntary membership organization for Kentucky public school employees, including approximately 26,000 active teacher members. Since 1857, KEA and its predecessors have advocated for public education, children, and the employment rights of public school employees.
KEA President, Stephanie Winkler, says: “As the licensing authority for certified teachers across the state, the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is an integral part of the professional life of every educator. The initial certification, renewal and disciplinary processes of the EPSB must comport with the law, must be open and transparent, and should not be subject to undue political influence.
“KEA believes Executive Order 2017-364, if permanently implemented, will impair the statutory authority and processes of the EPSB to the significant detriment of all educators, whether or not they are members of the Association. Although KEA’s motion is limited to the immediate effect of the executive order on the EPSB, we applaud Attorney General Beshear’s Complaint and fully support the legal challenge in its entirety.”