The Frankfort LINK: The Kentucky Supreme Court swears in a new chief justice

Mark Payne
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This week, the Kentucky Supreme Court held its investiture services for its new justices and chief justice. 

On Monday, new Chief Justice Laurence B. VanMeter was sworn in by former Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr., who held the position for 14 years. Gov. Andy Beshear, Senate President Robert Stivers, and Speaker of the House David W. Osborne spoke at the ceremony. 

Elsewhere in the capitol, Gov. Andy Beshear weighed in on a lawsuit filed over charter schools. 

On Jan. 6, the Council for Better Education and two boards of education filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Circuit Court against the Department of Education over House Bill 9 — the charter school bill passed by the legislature last year. 

The Dayton Independent Board of Education and Jefferson County Board of Education joined the lawsuit, which seeks to block the implementation of House Bill 9 — the bill that created a funding mechanism for charter schools and the state’s pilot charter school program. 

As part of the pilot school program, Northern Kentucky and Jefferson County are required to approve a charter school. 

Educators and the Department of Education have questioned the law’s constitutionality since its passage last spring. 

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