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Tue January 24, 2012
Charter School Advocates Hold Rally in Frankfort
By Kenny Colston
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Charter School Advocates took their cause to Frankfort today, holding a rally outside the Capitol. The Black Alliance for Educational Opportunities, or BAEO, has been one of the most vocal charter supporters. Its national president, Kenneth Campbell, says Kentucky's current education system doesn't serve all students equally. He says,
"You know children and families in Kentucky are in crisis, as they are in a lot of places across this country. And the one tool we have for turning this whole thing around is education. And it doesn't work for too many of our children. So what we want is for the political leaders of Kentucky to take a stand on behalf of children."
Former Louisville mayoral candidate Hal Heiner, who chairs a group running ads in support of charter schools, addressed the crowd. Supporters say this year could be the turning point in the education reform debate.