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Andy Beshear on Education

 

 


Committed to a world-class public education

As a proud product of Kentucky's public schools, Andy knows that a quality education and talented, invested teachers can put Kentucky's children, and our economy, on the road to success. He is committed to public education and will ensure our schools provide a world class education for each Kentucky child, and a guaranteed, solid retirement for our teachers.
Source: 2019 Kentucky governor campaign website AndyBeshear.com , Dec 31, 2018

Won lawsuit to improve teacher retirement pensions

The Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously struck down the pension reform law, known as Senate Bill 151, passed by the 2018 General Assembly. Teachers stormed the Capitol and protested in response to the surprise hits to their pensions.

Gov. Bevin held a press conference to discuss the ruling, saying that he is concerned that this will accumulate more and more debt. "The greatest financial threat to the commonwealth has now been made worse by Andy Beshear's self-serving, political lawsuit, and it places the retirement security of tens of thousands of our teachers and public employees at greater risk of failure and further credit downgrades."

Attorney General Beshear has criticized Bevin's pension fix. Beshear said the court ruling was a "landmark win."

Bevin wasn't having it: "This is how they view this, it is through a political prism," Bevin said. "That is the absolute wrong way to look at this. I don't give a rip about the consequences politically at this point."

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal on Kentucky voting records: SB151 , Dec 14, 2018

Don't change teacher pensions to 401(k)-style plan

The Kentucky Supreme Court's ruling against the controversial pension reform bill handed a decisive victory to Andy Beshear, at the expense of Gov. Matt Bevin, who pushed for the law.

Beshear has made fighting the pension law his main priority and has frequently advocated against it as he challenges Bevin for the governor's seat in 2019. Highlights from Beshear's press conference:

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal on 2019 Kentucky governor race , Dec 14, 2018

Only legislature can implement charters, not Governor

On June 2, 2017, Gov. Bevin signed an executive order that made modifications to several of the state's education-related boards. The order modified the structure and membership of three existing state educational boards, abolished five more boards and reestablished them under new guidelines, and created a new Charter Schools Advisory Council. In a press release announcing the order, Bevin cited the need to enforce Senate Bill 1, which had revised the state's educational standards, and House Bill 520, which implemented a charter school system.

On June 16, 2017, the Attorney General Beshear filed a lawsuit, arguing that the executive orders exceeded the governor's authority. The court ruled that a part of Bevin's executive order related to the Education Professional Standards board was unconstitutional, since it required teachers to appeal disciplinary decisions to the state board of education instead of the state court system [and the rest were all legal].

Source: Ballotpedia on 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial race , Nov 30, 2017

Only legislature can cut state college budget, not Governor

Beshear filed a civil suit against Gov. Bevin on April 11, 2016, which claimed that budget cuts made by Bevin violated the Kentucky Constitution's distribution of powers article. Bevin had announced a 2% budget cut to state colleges and universities. Beshear called the decision illegal and asked the court to order Bevin to release the funds.

On May 19, 2016, the Franklin County Circuit ruled against Beshear. The decision stated that the constitution did not prevent Bevin from instructing colleges to spend less money, as he did in the executive order, but did prevent him from altering the funding they receive. Beshear appealed the ruling and on September 22, 2016, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that Bevin did not have the authority to control the budgets of public colleges and universities without the legislature's approval. This reversed the lower court's decision.

Source: Ballotpedia on 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial race , Nov 30, 2017

Other governors on Education: Andy Beshear on other issues:
KY Gubernatorial:
Adam Edelen
Alison Grimes
Ben Chandler
Elaine Chao
Jim Gray
Matt Bevin
Robert Goforth
Rocky Adkins
KY Senatorial:
C. Wesley Morgan
Jim Gray
Rand Paul
Steven Cox

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
KY:
Bevin(R)
vs.Goforth(R,lost primary)
vs.Adkins(D,lost primary)
vs.Beshear(D)
vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
LA:
Edwards(D)
vs.Abraham(R)
vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
MS:
Bryant(R,retiring)
vs.Foster(R)
vs.Hood(D)
vs.Reeves(R)
vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) - no challengers yet
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) - no challengers yet
NH: Sununu(incumbent) - no challengers yet
PR: Rossello(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Cox(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) - no challengers yet
WA: Inslee(retiring) - no challengers yet
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D)
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