Wayne Lewis refuses to answer questions surrounding plan for state takeover of JCPS

06/13/2018 03:31 PM

LOUISVILLE — Citing legal concerns, Wayne Lewis, the interim Kentucky Education Commissioner refused to answer numerous questions at Wednesday’s Louisville Forum surrounding “a plan” if a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools takes place.

Lewis addressed how he says a state takeover would work, if approved, and why he called for the action. The 38-year old also laid out why he would not be addressing his plan for action to clean up the district if the state is allowed to assume control.

Even though he said he would not be discussing the plan before the members of the Louisville Forum, many still had questions and concerns with the takeover and how things would work in the district which cares for more than 100,000 students.

Lewis did say he would remain independent from political influence coming from Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, and he balked at the idea that the reason for the takeover was to implement charter schools — even though he is a proponent of public charters.

“Charter schools will not enter this conversation, it has nothing to do with this conversation,” he said. “Am I an advocate for high quality charter schools? Yes, I’ve said that. Will charter schools address the deficiencies that got charter schools into this mess? Absolutely not.”

Lewis also laid out his hopes for the district after a state takeover, if that is approved.

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