(WAVE) - Dr. Wayne Lewis was formally selected Tuesday as the state’s Commissioner of Education.
The Kentucky Department of Education posted several tweets at about 4 p.m. that Lewis had been confirmed.
He had served as interim commissioner following Stephen Pruitt’s resignation this year.
Lewis took over at a tumultuous time in the state’s education department, and among his first orders of business was to recommend a state takeover of the Jefferson County Public Schools system.
The announcement took place at the Kentucky Department of Education’s two-day conference at which a number of key issues are discussed.
Lewis remains on leave from his position as a professor at the University of Kentucky, but is expected to resign from that post.
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Just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Kentucky Senate Democrats released a statement in response to the announcement:
“In another move to implement charter schools in Kentucky, the Governor has appointed Wayne Lewis as the state’s education commissioner. Though we need to make changes to our educational system, we fear that the Governor is taking us down a dangerous path that will cause unquestionable harm to public education in the commonwealth.”