Liz Schlemmer

Liz Schlemmer is WUNC's Education Policy Reporter, a fellowship position supported by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. She has an M.A. from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Media & Journalism and a B.A. in history and anthropology from Indiana University.

She has previously served as a temporary Morning Edition producer and intern at WUNC and as a news intern at St. Louis Public Radio. Liz is originally from Indiana, where she grew up with a large extended family of educators.


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School choice is a big buzzword in education policy, and in many parts of the country, opinions on it usually run along party lines. Republicans tend to be for school choice, and Democrats against — however, that’s not the case among all of Kentucky’s candidates for governor.

Liz Schlemmer, WFPL

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a lawsuit to block subpoenas issued by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration as part of an investigation into teacher sickouts.

Ryland Barton / Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is poised to sue Governor Matt Bevin’s Labor Cabinet for refusing to withdraw subpoenas for records that would identify teachers who called in sick to protest bills during the state legislative session.

J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is blaming the shooting of a Louisville child on last month’s teacher sickouts.

Liz Schlemmer / WFPL

The Kentucky Labor Department has subpoenaed Jefferson County Public Schools, in relation to teacher-led sickouts that forced the school district to close six days while educators protested at the state legislature.

Courtesy KEA

The Kentucky Education Association is a statewide member organization and lobbying group for public school educators. Last week, KEA members elected the association’s former vice president Eddie Campbell to be their new president. Campbell takes over for Stephanie Winkler, whose term ended.

Liz Schlemmer

University of Louisville sophomore Henny Ransdell says many college students have trouble affording food at one point or another. For her, it was while working a part-time job on campus over summer break.


Kentucky’s 2019 legislative session was a busy one for education-related measures.

Liz Schlemmer / WFPL

On the final day of the legislative session, state senators confirmed Governor Matt Bevin’s nine appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education. The Senate confirmed eight of those appointments by a concurrence vote Thursday afternoon, then unexpectedly singled out the resolution to confirm the appointment of appointee Gary Houchens for a full debate.