University of Louisville education professor Craig Hockbein says he can’t predict how the measure might fare in the General Assembly, but believes it would appease many of those opposed to the charter school concept.
In January, the Senate approved legislation backed by the chamber’s Republican majority, allowing charter schools in Kentucky. Charter schools are granted regulatory relief in exchange for high performance. But the bill, which landed in the House Education Committee, has gone nowhere.
Charter schools made big news in Kentucky last year when the state failed to win federal Race to the Top dollars for educational improvement.
Some top education officials argued the state would have faired better if it had charter schools, which are granted regulatory waivers in exchange for high performance.
For a second time, Kentucky is a finalist for federal Race to the Top education reform dollars.
Kentucky is one of 19 states and the District of Columbia named finalists for Race to the Top funding.
By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Gov. Beshear is still weighing his options on when to hold a special session on the budget. Gov. Beshear wants to hold the special session as soon as possible, but says he’s not yet ready to set the date. He still wants to talk to Senate President David Williams and… Continue reading No Date Yet For Special Session In Frankfort
Kentucky was on the list of 16 finalists the U.S. Department of Education announced today in the running for more than $4 billion in Race to the Top funds. But Indiana is out. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the announcement Thursday and said the department would interview representatives from… Continue reading Kentucky-In; Indiana-Out for Race to the Top Funds
Charter schools won’t be in Kentucky’s application for federal funds to assist struggling public schools. Inclusion of charter schools possibly could have boosted Kentucky’s chances of landing $245 million in federal funds to help rescue persistently, low-achieving schools. Charter schools are publicly funded, but are freed from some state regulations in exchange for greater accountability.… Continue reading Charter Schools Eliminated From Bill
An event next week will be the first of many planned to build support to establish charter schools in Kentucky. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Several Louisville pastors with the Kentucky Education Restoration Alliance have been working with Republican Rep. Brad Montell of Shelbyville. This month, Montell filed a bill to allow charter schools in… Continue reading Group Launches Events for Charter School Legislation
The U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan has been making noise lately about charter schools — and he’s announced he wants to see more of them. Duncan’s enthusiasm is encouraging those in the charter school movement nationwide, but the appeal of these schools in this region is mixed. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. US Education Secretary… Continue reading Charter Schools: A Tale of Two States
Christian schools were once the growing by leaps and bounds, but not anymore. Religion in education after the boom.