Kentucky’s commissioner of education is interested in hearing what the public thinks about his department’s newly proposed system for how schools and districts will be held accountable for their performance.
Fayette County school board member Doug Barnett, an attorney, says school district officials should consider challenging the constitutionality of the law that will allow charter schools in Kentucky for the first time.
Jefferson County Public Schools said Tuesday that it has discovered that a controversial salary study that was released in April has a major mistake that made it seem that the district was paying a lot more in “premium” salaries than it is.
More than 700 people as of 9 a.m. Tuesday had signed an online petition asking Gov. Matt Bevin to apologize for accusing charter school opponents of lying and questioning their motives during his testimony earlier this month before the state House Education Committee.
Now that charter schools in Kentucky are awaiting only the signature of proponent Gov. Matt Bevin, school boards across the state and mayors in Lexington and Louisville could be accepting charter school applications in the 2017-18 school year.
With a stroke of the pen, Governor Bevin can now OK the formation of charter schools since the House passed the plan for a second time after changes by the Senate that only passed after more than 4 hours of debate.
Jill goes to a great school. In fact, her elementary has been rated as distinguished, the highest ranking bestowed upon any Kentucky public school. The school is located in a safe neighborhood and the teacher turnover rate is low. This is the school I want my children to attend.
As Republican leaders tinker with a charter schools bill, several Kentucky Democrats and a couple of Jefferson County school board members united against the proposal Tuesday and urged the state Senate put the issue on ice for now.
Key lawmakers say they are optimistic that the General Assembly will approve a charter schools bill even as they continue to negotiate the details of the bill as time is running short for the 2017 legislative session.
The neighborhood schools bill is expected to be changed so it applies only to elementary schools, but that appears unlikely to soothe critics who fear it would kill Jefferson County’s four-decades-old desegregation plan.