Kentucky’s chances could be ‘toast’ without charter schools
We already pointed out that other states like Florida are taking a look at the Race to the Top (RTTT) Phase 1 awards and will up the ante considerably with their Phase 2 submissions.
If Kentucky really wants a shot at Phase 2 RTTT funding, which could amount to as much as $175 million, it must get on board with a good charter school program.
That requires legislation, which Governor Beshear recently announced he is considering. The governor may include such a legislative request in his anticipated call for a special legislative session to adopt a new state budget.
It’s great to see new groups forming and joining the Bluegrass Institute’s quest for school choice.
One of those is Parents for Improving Kentucky Education (PIKE). PIKE member Lauren Morgan notes in a recent Lexington Herald-Leader op-ed:
“… the true promise of charter schools is realized when they are generally free from many of the state and local regulations that stifle the innovation and creativity of teachers and administrators.”
The Bluegrass Institute welcomes all Kentucky parents to join this collaborative effort to bring school choice to Kentucky.
Nothing — not even the powerful teachers unions — can drown out Washington’s cash registers. Amazing, isn’t it?