Thursday, November 08, 2007

Beshear Meddling In Ed. Commish Search?

As always, there is more than one way to look at any story. Is Steve Beshear riding in on a white horse to save the day? Or is he meddling?

I suppose that all depends on one's point of view. For those of us who are already on the record suggesting that this search should have been delayed until spring when more highly qualified candidates would likely have been available, this feels like a ray of hope.

Tomorrow that could all be different.

This from Mark Hebert at WHAS:

Governor-elect Steve Beshear has asked for, and received, a meeting with Kentucky Board of Education members. Here's my story.

Beshear says he has "concerns" about the board's process for selecting a new state school commissioner, which is now in its final phase. The board has narrowed its list of finalists to four men, all with connections to Kentucky.

...But some lawmakers and others are questioning whether Beshear's insistence on meeting with the board is injecting politics into a selection process that's set up to be free of political influence. ...

...I contacted all four finalists by phone today. All said basically the same thing.....they see nothing wrong with the governor-elect meeting with the state board. But all of them say the selection process should continue and Beshear shouldn't use his political power to upset the process.

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