charter schools http://wkms.org en Kentucky Senate Once Again Tries For Charter Schools http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-senate-once-again-tries-charter-schools <p></p><p></p><p>A bill that would open the door to charter schools in Kentucky has passed the state Senate, although similar legislation has previously failed to gain traction in the Democratic-led&nbsp;House.</p><p>The measure passed by a 22-14 party line vote—not unlike the vote last year.</p><p>The bill would allow certified teaching staff and parents to petition the principal of a low-achieving school for a vote on whether a privately run charter organization should be in charge of the school. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:02:25 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39507 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senate Once Again Tries For Charter Schools Charter Schools Issue Divides Ky. Chamber of Commerce Event http://wkms.org/post/charter-schools-issue-divides-ky-chamber-commerce-event <p>At &nbsp;a legislative event hosted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the divisive issue of charter schools and parent choice took center stage.</p><p>As one of eight states without charter school legislation on its books, the debate in Kentucky is only getting louder as the January session of the General Assembly draws closer.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:52:22 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37238 at http://wkms.org Charter Schools Issue Divides Ky. Chamber of Commerce Event Survey: Kentuckians 'Undecided' On Charter Schools, but Favor Charter-Like Features http://wkms.org/post/survey-kentuckians-undecided-charter-schools-favor-charter-features <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit File photo" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201208/School_Bus.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">More than half of </span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5; "> contacted for a new survey released this week say they’re undecided on whether the state’s public education system would improve with charter schools.</span><p>But a majority of the 501 voting households surveyed support more school options and certain characteris Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:54:40 +0000 Devin Katayama 37192 at http://wkms.org Survey: Kentuckians 'Undecided' On Charter Schools, but Favor Charter-Like Features KY Legislators Hold Charter School Public Hearing http://wkms.org/post/ky-legislators-hold-charter-school-public-hearing <p>A Kentucky legislative education committee will hold a public hearing on charter schools this week.&nbsp; The request came from the Kentucky Charter Schools Association, which was created by its chairman, Hal Heiner, this year.&nbsp;</p><p>Heiner says for the past three years charter school legislation has been rejected by the state legislature and House Democrats on &nbsp;the education committee have refused to give charter schools a fair hearing.&nbsp; Mon, 09 Sep 2013 14:49:15 +0000 Devin Katayama (KPR) 34713 at http://wkms.org KY Legislators Hold Charter School Public Hearing Kentucky Legislative Education Committee To Hold Hearing On Charter School Reform http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-legislative-education-committee-hold-hearing-charter-school-reform <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">A Kentucky legislative education committee will hold a public hearing on charter schools next week.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The request came from the Kentucky Charter Schools Association, which was created by its chairman, Hal Heiner, this year. Heiner said for the past three years charter school legislation has been rejected by the state legislature. He said House Democrats on &nbsp;the education committee have refused to give charter schools a fair hearing.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:35:20 +0000 Devin Katayama (KPR) 34663 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Legislative Education Committee To Hold Hearing On Charter School Reform Charter Panel Bill Stalls in Tennessee Senate http://wkms.org/post/charter-panel-bill-stalls-tennessee-senate <p></p><p>A proposal that would create a special panel to authorize charter schools in five of the Tennessee's lowest performing counties appears to be struggling in the legislature.</p><p>The measure was delayed in the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday after members expressed concerns about the need for a new entity that will pay its executive director more than $100,000.&nbsp; Currently local school boards decide whether to authorize a charter application. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:26:28 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30381 at http://wkms.org Charter Panel Bill Stalls in Tennessee Senate Kentucky Senate OKs Charter School Bill http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-senate-oks-charter-school-bill <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Voting along strict party lines, the Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would allow persistently low-performing public schools to become charter schools. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:34:15 +0000 Rae Hodge 28933 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senate OKs Charter School Bill Democrats Call Statewide Charter Authorizer ‘Death Panel for Public Schools’ http://wkms.org/post/democrats-call-statewide-charter-authorizer-death-panel-public-schools <p></p><p>The idea for a new state-level panel that could authorize charter schools to operate anywhere in Tennessee is moving ahead, while facing bi-partisan resistance. The House Education Committee gave its blessing Tuesday, though two Republicans voted against it.</p><p>The GOP lawmakers opposing what is seen as an end-run around local school boards are educators themselves. Rep. Jim Coley teaches in Shelby County.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“Increasingly we’re taking those decisions away from local education associations, and I don’t think that’s right.”</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:07:31 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 28916 at http://wkms.org Democrats Call Statewide Charter Authorizer ‘Death Panel for Public Schools’ Persistently Low-Achieving Schools Could Become Charter Schools Under Kentucky Senate Bill http://wkms.org/post/persistently-low-achieving-schools-could-become-charter-schools-under-kentucky-senate-bill <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Kentucky persistently low-achieving schools would be able to become charter schools to improve performance and test scores under a bill discussed Tuesday in the state Senate Education Committee. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:24:31 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28559 at http://wkms.org Persistently Low-Achieving Schools Could Become Charter Schools Under Kentucky Senate Bill Advocates Support Toned-Down Kentucky Charter School Law http://wkms.org/post/advocates-support-toned-down-kentucky-charter-school-law A charter school bill has been filed in the Kentucky House and supporters hope the less aggressive approach will help get it passed this year.<img class="asset-image" align="right" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201301/House58.jpg" alt="" /><p>Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville&#160;, crafted the law with help from the Kentucky Charter School Project. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 20:31:49 +0000 Devin Katayama (KPR) 26535 at http://wkms.org