Jess Clark, WFPL |
Gov. Andy Beshear added the teacher position when he reorganized the board upon taking office in December 2019, appointing Rowan County special education teacher Allison Slone. He later added the student member: Jefferson County Public Schools student Solyana Mesfin, a junior at Eastern High School. Mesfin and Slone serve in an ex-officio, or non-voting advisory capacity, along with Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Council on Postsecondary Education president Aaron Thompson.
The bill passed by the Senate Monday would reorganize the board again requiring members of both major political parties. It would also require equal representation of men and women and “racial minority” representation based on the “total racial minority population” of the state.
Finally, the bill would take away the governor’s power to reorganize the board.
Warren County (Ky) Republican Mike Wilson said high schoolers aren’t ready to serve on the state board, based on his experience with his own children when they were in high school.