In the waning moments of the 2008 General Assembly, Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards got his wish when a previously illegal charter school in his district was made legal.
It’s a great deal for the handful of kids who get to go to the Gatton Academy of Math and Science on the Western Kentucky University campus. Your kids probably can’t go, but as a taxpayer you will be asked to provide others with this great opportunity.
The main idea is that this opportunity isn’t available because the General Assembly doesn’t want the rest of Kentucky to escape the mediocre public schools in the state.
Charter schools are public schools that are allowed to operate outside the standard bureaucratic structure in exchange for greater results-oriented accountability.
A bill will pre-filed soon to allow charter schools outside the district of the Speaker of the House. The teachers union and the usual suspects in the bureaucracy are adamantly opposed. This means we have some work to do with the House Democrats in general.
Until then, click below for a view of what they don’t want you to have. Eat your heart out: