Charter school advocates are hoping that Kentucky will join 42 states and D.C. this year by finally enacting a charter school law.
Newly installed Gov. Matt Bevin - the second Republican to lead the Bluegrass State in more than four decades - promised on the campaign trail to push for charter schools.
There's also a chance that Democrats will lose their nearly century-long hold on the state House after a March special election, aligning the chamber more with the Republican-controlled Senate, which has passed charter legislation in past years. Bevin also chose as his secretary of education and workforce development Hal Heiner, who previously launched two charter school advocacy groups.
While no charter school bills have been proposed so far this legislative session, they're under discussion. But former Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, an independent, said with the rightward shift, the opportunity for passing a charter school law that some Democrats could support might have disappeared. Any charter bills coming out of this year's legislative session will likely be broad, Holliday said, involving more authorizers than just local school boards.