Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Senate Ed Committee passes Charter pilot

This from The Courier-Journal:

A House bill to allow districts of innovation for public schools has been amended to include a charter schools pilot program.

The bill passed the Senate Education Committee 6-2 Tuesday with one abstention.
The original bill by House Education Committee Chairman Rep. Carl Rollins, a Democrat from Midway, would allow the Kentucky Department of Education to authorize the creation of districts of innovation, which are charter-school like reforms for regular public schools.
Republican Rep. Brad Montell of Shelbyville offered a substitute that would keep all of the Rollins bill intact but also create a pilot program for up to 20 actual charter schools, half of them in economically depressed areas.
The schools would be authorized by local school districts or a charter school commission.

1 comment:

Kevin Presnell said...

I think charter schools in the state of Kentucky would be detrimental to the success of the rest of our schools. Why would our state authorize a special school, that only kids that get drawn get to participate in? It just seems fundamentally unfair to the rest of the kids that are not as lucky as the others. If the state thinks public education is in such a drastic need of change, then why do they not adjust the school systems, not add another slice of pie to the education budget, hurting public school districts even more. If you look at the RAND Education’s analysis of Charter schools (http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG869.pdf) then you can see that charter schools do not show drastic achievement growth in many areas, and in some areas, the achievement growth even shrinks. No one person has the solution to solve the education problems in this nation, but taking even more money away from the public schools hurt more kids then it helps, and I think that is the real issue.