Kentucky education board puts forth framework for charter schools, pending legislation

Kentucky education board puts forth framework for charter schools, pending legislation

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Charter schools are another step closer to becoming a reality in Kentucky.

On Wednesday, the state board of education declined to officially support charter schools but approved a proposed framework for implementing them if the legislature passes new laws in the upcoming session to allow them.

The board created a checklist of best practices that members hope lawmakers will consider as they debate charter schools. But they noted that lawmakers will not be bound by their recommendations.

"In some ways it makes what we have done here today a symbolic act, nevertheless a very important act," board member Gary Houchens said. "And, we have exercised our responsibility as board members to speak on behalf of all the students of the state on this issue."

Currently, Kentucky is one of seven states that does not offer charter schools, but with Republicans taking control of the state House of Representatives and maintaining a large majority in the state Senate, that could change next year.

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