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Education
7:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Kentucky Senate Once Again Tries For Charter Schools

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 House.

The measure passed by a 22-14 party line vote—not unlike the vote last year.

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.

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Education
4:52 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Charter Schools Issue Divides Ky. Chamber of Commerce Event

At  a legislative event hosted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the divisive issue of charter schools and parent choice took center stage.

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.

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Education
10:54 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Survey: Kentuckians 'Undecided' On Charter Schools, but Favor Charter-Like Features

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:25 am

More than half of Kentuckians 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.

But a majority of the 501 voting households surveyed support more school options and certain characteristics that set charter schools apart from traditional public schools.

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Education
9:49 am
Mon September 9, 2013

KY Legislators Hold Charter School Public Hearing

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A Kentucky legislative education committee will hold a public hearing on charter schools this week.  The request came from the Kentucky Charter Schools Association, which was created by its chairman, Hal Heiner, this year. 

Heiner says for the past three years charter school legislation has been rejected by the state legislature and House Democrats on  the education committee have refused to give charter schools a fair hearing. 

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Education
2:35 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Education Committee To Hold Hearing On Charter School Reform

A Kentucky legislative education committee will hold a public hearing on charter schools next week.

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  the education committee have refused to give charter schools a fair hearing.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:26 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Charter Panel Bill Stalls in Tennessee Senate

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.

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.  Currently local school boards decide whether to authorize a charter application.

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Politics
5:34 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Kentucky Senate OKs Charter School Bill

Voting along strict party lines, the Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would allow persistently low-performing public schools to become charter schools.

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2013 TN General Assembly
4:07 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Democrats Call Statewide Charter Authorizer ‘Death Panel for Public Schools’

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.

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. 

“Increasingly we’re taking those decisions away from local education associations, and I don’t think that’s right.”

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2013 KY General Assembly
11:24 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Persistently Low-Achieving Schools Could Become Charter Schools Under Kentucky Senate Bill

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.

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Education
2:31 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Advocates Support Toned-Down Kentucky Charter School Law

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 12:54 pm

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.

Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville , crafted the law with help from the Kentucky Charter School Project. It’s a coalition including several organizations that have argued for charter schools the past couple years.

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