Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed House Bill 520 last night, creating new educational options for families across the commonwealth.
Kentucky becomes the 44th state in the nation to authorize public charter schools. Nationally, more than 3 million students currently attend charter schools in 43 states.
Charter schools are public schools that provide more opportunities to meet the unique needs of families and students, plus greater flexibility and accountability for school teachers and leaders. The bill, sponsored by House Education Committee Chairman Bam Carney, allows public charter schools to open in Kentucky in the 2018-19 school year.
Under the new law, local school boards and the mayors of Kentucky’s two largest cities – Louisville and Lexington – will have the authority to review and approve the opening of public charter schools.
“This is a truly historic moment for Kentucky families and students. Their futures will be brighter and richer by having access to more educational choices that fit their unique needs. Public charter schools have improved the lives of millions of students across the nation and will do the same in Kentucky by empowering families with high-quality options for their children’s success.”
Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd).
Support for the legislation has come from a wide variety of organizations, including Americans for Prosperity Kentucky, the Campaign for School Equity, the Kentucky Chamber, the Kentucky Charter School Project, the Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and ExcelinEd in Action.