A vote on legislation that would allow charter schools may finally have it’s day in the Kentucky state House education committee. House Education Chairman Carl Rollins says he’s considering allowing a charter school bill to receive a hearing and a vote in his committee this session. That’s been unheard of since Rollins assumed the chair of… Continue reading House Education Chairman Could Allow Charter School Vote
Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he’s interested in hearing more about charter schools after a new group launched TV ads in support of the reform Tuesday morning. In the past several years, Shelbyville Republican Brad Montell has introduced legislation into the house to legalize charter schools. And supporters in the state Senate have filed… Continue reading Stumbo Signals Openness to Charter Schools
Returning to public life, former Louisville mayoral candidate Hal Heiner is encouraging state lawmakers to adopt legislation that would create public charter schools in Kentucky. The East End Republican served on the Metro Council for two terms before making a bid for mayor and losing narrowly to Greg Fischer. Heiner is now chairman of Kentuckians… Continue reading Heiner Returns as Education Advocate
The debate over charter schools is one Kentucky educators and legislators have heard and argued over for the last several years. But supporters of the education reform feel one party left out of those discussions is ready to be brought into the fold. A newly formed group called Kentuckians Advocating Reforms in Education (KARE) is… Continue reading As Kentucky Legislative Session Opens, Groups Start Stronger Push for Charter Schools
The president of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association says the state’s charters don’t turn away disabled and homeless students. Russ Simnick issued that response to an allegation leveled by the head of Indianapolis Public Schools. IPS Superintendent Eugene White requested Monday wants the state to investigate enrollment practices at charter schools in that city.… Continue reading Indy Schools Chief Wants Probe of Charter Schools
The woman appointed to oversee Indiana’s new Charter School Board has begun her duties. The board was created by the Indiana General Assembly as part of a new law aimed at expanding the state’s charter schools. The first executive director is Claire Fiddian-Green, who previously headed an Indianapolis-based education organization called the Mind Trust. Critics… Continue reading New Indiana Charter Schools Chief On The Job
Governor Mitch Daniels has signed into law a plan giving Indiana the nation’s most sweeping private school voucher program. The Republican governor gathered with lawmakers and supporters at the statehouse today to sign the voucher bill and another measure to expand charter schools. “Today is about education, it’s also about social justice, it’s about equality.… Continue reading Daniels Signs Education Bills
Indiana lawmakers have approved a bill creating the country’s broadest private school voucher system. It hands Republican Governor Mitch Daniels a huge victory in his aggressive education agenda as he considers a 2012 presidential run.
From the Associated Press: Indiana lawmakers are set to vote tomorrow on two sweeping education bills: One aimed at spurring more charter schools and another to create the most expansive private school voucher program in the country. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says he expects both bills will be put up for a final legislative… Continue reading House Vote Set On Indiana Education Bills
Supporters say the schools give students and educators a chance to be innovative and explore ways to improve academic performance. Critics say they siphon resources away from traditional public schools and put them at a disadvantage.