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The Kentucky Senate has again put its stamp of approval on charter school legislation.  However, this session’s bill is different from past proposals.

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Charter school legislation easily emerged from the Kentucky Senate Education Committee Thursday. But the bill’s sponsor admits chance of passage is slim.

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  Superintendent Donna Hargens says Jefferson County Public Schools is working to ensure that Louisville families are aware of its offerings in anticipation of a new push for state charter school legislation.

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  Kentucky lawmakers were predictably divided along party lines Monday during a committee hearing on charter schools, signaling that the Republican initiative might continue to languish in the state legislature.

Kentucky Senate Once Again Tries For Charter Schools

Mar 27, 2014

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.

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.

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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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. 

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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