Newly elected Governor Andy Beshear campaigned on a platform prioritizing public education and promising to oust the state board appointed by DeVos ally Matt Bevin, as well as the state commissioner it appointed, Wayne Lewis, who supported charter schools. (The Legislature passed a charter authorization bill but never funded any charters.) Beshear stated bluntly that he does not support charters or any other form of privatization of public schools.

Beshear replaced the 11 members of the Bevin-appointed State Board on day one, although their terms had not expired. Today that board removed Wayne Lewis and opened a national search for a new state commissioner. 

The Bevin board is suing to protest its ouster since it was not dismissed for cause.