The Bluegrass State is one step away from becoming the 44th state in the country to allow charter schools. The bill passed through the Kentucky legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk. The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence released a summary, drilling down the key elements of the bill like who will authorize charters, what requirements charters will have to follow, and how students can be admitted.
The Prichard Committee also shared three final amendments to the law:
- Requiring instruction at charter schools to be given by teachers with state certification
- Giving charter schools a choice of complying with state purchasing rules or providing monthly reports on spending to their boards of directors
- Allowing existing public schools to convert to charter schools three different ways (by petition of 60 percent of parents at a school in the lowest 5 percent, by local school board approval of a 60 percent parent petition at other schools, or by local school board action on its own motion)
Earlier this week, Prichard’s Executive Director Brigitte Blom Ramsey called on Kentucky leaders to prepare for next steps—together, “The urgency of this moment is to not let a quarter century of progress be pushed to the wayside – but to mobilize, galvanize, energize – for our next giant leap. Together, from a place of common ground for every person and group who cares about the future of our children and our state’s prosperity, we must make that leap.”
If you’re interested in additional updates on the Kentucky legislative session, the Prichard Committee is providing real-time updates on their Twitter feed. To connect with other leaders working on current charter legislation, please reach out.