Kentucky became the 44th state to pass legislation that permits the creation of independent public charter schools when Gov. Matt Bevin sign a compromise bill on March 22, 2017. The bill was crafted with input from several national organizations, including NACSA and the NAPCS.
The legislation is seriously flawed, however, because it denies charters access to local funding. This inequity will create an uneven playing field for charter operators and will hamper the creation of good charter schools in Kentucky in the same way it has hurt charter development in other states. Charters won’t receive funds for buildings or transportation. They will also have to pay a fee that would go back to local school districts and the state board of education. Folks, it’s better not to pass any charter legislation than to adopt flawed legislation.
“The law says that funding will follow the kids. But it also says that local tax dollars will stay in the local community, so the questions are what adjustments will be made at the state level to funding so that adequate funding can flow to those schools,” he said. “Nobody knows that answer. There are going to have to be some adjustments made to the funding formula at the state level.”