Kentucky Senate Passes Bill to Create Charter Schools
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, the Kentucky Senate passed SB 253, a bill that would introduce locally authorized public charter schools to the Bluegrass State by creating a pilot program in specific Kentucky counties. Sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chair Mike Wilson, the legislation seeks to close achievement gaps between high and low performing public schools.
“If a traditional school is not meeting the learning needs of a student, a public charter school can provide an environment where that student can excel. Public charter schools are just one innovative school choice option that can help students on their path to academic success,” said ExcelinEd in Action National Legislative Director J. Alex Kelly.
“We thank the Senate members for their support in building educational opportunities for all Kentucky families, and we look forward to Kentucky joining the 43 other states that currently provide this option.”
About SB 253:
- This bill would establish a public charter school pilot intended to create high-performing schools with higher standards for student performance.
- Pilot programs would be established in Fayette and Jefferson counties (metro Lexington and Louisville, respectively).
- The legislation would allow authorization for a maximum of two new charter schools per academic year for each qualifying county.
Background on Charters:
- As defined in federal and state law, charter schools are public schools.
- Like traditional public schools, charters are tuition-free and open to all students; publicly funded by local, state, and federal tax dollars based on enrollment; and held accountable for meeting state academic standards.
- Charters are approved, funded, and overseen by a government-endorsed authorizing entity, just as traditional public schools are overseen by a school district.