Gov. Matt Bevin altered multiple state education councils, including the Kentucky Board of Education, via executive order last week.
The order, issued July 13, either changes the required makeup of — or abolishes and recreates — 11 statewide boards and councils. “Recent acts of the General Assembly” and an increasing demand for technical labor changed the boards’ roles and necessitated the changes, Bevin wrote in the order.
Seven of the councils were abolished and reorganized, now existing with fewer members. The smaller, reorganized boards reduce experience overlaps of its members and can be more efficient, Bevin wrote.
The Education Professional Standards Board and Center for School Safety board of directors are among the boards being recreated.
A spokeswoman from Bevin’s office did not return requests for comment regarding the order, including who will be on the new boards.
The Council for Community Education was the only unit abolished without being recreated. The KBE will absorb the council’s responsibilities, the order said.
Bevin did not reorganize the KBE, which oversees the state’s 173 public school districts, instead implementing rules for its makeup.
Now, the KBE must have one current public school parent and three members with education experience. The order doesn’t clarify what constitutes education experience.
Another three members must have “private sector leadership experience,” with one of those three being an entrepreneur, the order said.
“These changes reflect a pressing need to integrate the knowledge and expertise of those persons from the private business sector who will ultimately hire emerging students,” Bevin wrote.
A spokeswoman from the department of education did not return requests for comment about if the current board — all Bevin appointees — meets the new criteria. Bevin appointed six new members to the board in April, including the former education and workforce development secretary Hal Heiner.
Bevin lifted makeup restrictions from faculty and student representatives on the Council on Postsecondary Education. The restrictions, which focus on race, sex, location and political affiliation, still apply to those appointed by the governor.