The Economy Project
Tue January 12, 2010
Reps OK Bid for "Race to the Top" Funds
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky is rushing to finish its application for federal funds to assist struggling schools. The application requires legislation unanimously approved Monday by the Kentucky House. Republicans supported the bill, even though many would prefer it include establishment of charter schools in Kentucky. The bill's sponsor, House Education Committee Chairman Carl Rollins, sees no need for that.
"I don't think any of us want to give up $245 million, or a potential $245 million, but charter schools, I think, are inherently a bad idea for Kentucky," he said.
Senate President David Williams predicts more discussion on charter schools before the bill wins final passage. Charter schools are public schools freed from some state regulations in exchange for greater accountability. In order to meet the federal application deadline, the bill needs to be passed and signed by the governor before next Tuesday.