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March 06, 2017

Kentucky House Of Representatives Approves Charter Schools Bill


Charter Schools

The Kentucky House of Representatives approved Charter Schools Bill that allows charter schools in the state for the first time. The bill received 56-39 vote.

House Bill 520, supported by Governor Matt Bevin and amended by Representative Phil Moffett, allows local school boards and the mayors of Lexington and Louisville to approve charter schools.

The bill was passed through the House unusually quickly, prompting some Democrats to question its veracity. Bevin stated that “It's not about the students to anyone of those that are opposing this bill. At the end of the day, this is about educating the young people in Kentucky."

With some exceptions, state charter schools are exempt from state regulations; instead, they are governed by performance-based contracts with the state while still receiving state funding.

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