The Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 520 in
March 2017, making Kentucky the 44th state in the nation to allow public
charter schools. Since March, the Kentucky education community has received a
great deal of interest in opening and converting existing schools to charters.
What does HB 520 call for?
Bill 520 allows for the establishment of charter schools across the
Commonwealth. Unlike some other state’s charter school legislation, Kentucky’s
bill does not limit the number of schools or regions where they can form.
bill outlines how charter school applications are authorized: by local boards
of education or by the mayors of Louisville and Lexington. If a charter school
application is denied, it can then go through an appeals process with the
Kentucky Board of Education (KBE).
is the result?
families will have additional high-quality public school options.
Bill 520 will create new opportunities for communities and families to engage
in public school creation and governance.
schools will provide opportunities for public school administrators and
teachers to be innovative with public school governance, structure, and
been done since the bill passed?
have been promulgated on student applications, charter applications, authorizer
accountability, the process for conversion, and appeals to the Kentucky Board
Bevin created a new Charter School Advisory Council to advise the Kentucky
Board of Education.
division of charter schools was created by the Kentucky Department of Education
are the next steps?
Kentucky General Assembly needs to put funding language into statute that
ensures equitable funding for charter schools.
Kentucky Department of Education, in collaboration with the Kentucky Education
and Workforce Cabinet, must work to manage the growth of high-quality public
charter schools in Kentucky.