FRANKFORT — More turmoil engulfed the state Council on Postsecondary Education Wednesday as it appointed a search committee to select a new president.
Virginia G. Fox, the former head of Kentucky Educational Television and the education secretary for former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, has challenged her removal from the state Council on Postsecondary Education.
Gov. Steve Beshear, in an executive action, removed Fox from her council seat after her appointment was not approved by the state House of Representatives in the recently concluded legislative session.
Fox, in an April 29 letter to council chairman John Turner, said the Kentucky Constitution requires only that her appointment be approved by the state Senate.
Fox said the state law requiring approval by both the House and the Senate violates the state Constitution as well as the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“I believe that I was confirmed, am still a member of the council and that no vacancy exists for my position,” Fox said in her letter.
Turner read the letter as the council’s meeting opened Wednesday morning but made no comment about Fox’s claims...
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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