Kentucky Education Commissioner discusses future of schools, his job in State of Education Address

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Kentucky Education Commissioner Dr. Wayne Lewis gave a look ahead to goals for the state's schools in the State of Education Address.

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Sister station WKYT reports better test scores and higher achievement are both top priorities for students.

The commissioner shared some progress stalling based on ACT studies, K-prep assessments,and test scores.

"I think your reaction to those numbers is probably similar to mine in that they are nowhere near where you would like them to be," said Dr. Lewis.

Andy Beshear has been a critique of Dr. Lewis since he began his campaign. Beshear even said he plans to replace the commissioner.

Dr. Lewis says the criticism has always been from a distance and Beshear has never addressed his problems one on one.

He said he has never met Beshear but would be willing to sit down and have a conversation with him.

"Any suggestion that I don't have a commitment to public education is ridiculous," said Dr. Lewis.

The commissioner says he has met with Beshear's transition team but says it was a standard meeting.

"It has been a long time since I have worried about having a job. whether i am the commissioner of education or not...I'm going to be completely fine," said Dr. Lewis.

Dr. Lewis says if he was to be removed by the governor he would have to receive 90 days notice based on his contract.

He has been the commissioner since April of 2018.