A controversial bill that will allow parents to choose where to send their children to school passed Monday night, following several hours in the chambers to bypass last week’s veto by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.
Several Kentucky superintendents and educators called on Governor Andy Beshear to veto a school choice bill that would create tax credit scholarships for middle to lower class students, and urged legislators not to override the veto on Tuesday.
House Bill 563 would create a $25 million tax-credit scholarship fund through business donations. Middle and lower-class families could then use that money to send their child to a school of their choosing.
When classrooms moved to computers in early 2020, many educators and scholars predicted students would suffer learning loss, and schools districts like Bullitt County Public Schools have begun to see those consequences.
As the clock ticks closer to March 17 when the first group of Jefferson County Public Schools students will return to in-person learning, the district is racing against time to fill critical staff positions.