The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s August 25th Newslink e-mail laments the state’s loss of as much as $175 million in the Race to the Top education funding competition. The Chamber pulls no punches, laying blame for that loss on the legislature’s failure to implement charter school legislation as part of our Race to the Top entry.
Says Chamber president David Adkission of the legislature’s inaction:
“It is disappointing for Kentucky’s business community that consensus could not be reached on charter schools and that the state missed out on federal funds as a result.”
The Chamber’s Newslink ends with this positive note:
“The Kentucky Chamber will continue to press the case that charter schools, in situations where certain schools consistently underperform, should be one of the tools by which Kentucky schools can improve.”
The Bluegrass Institute agrees that the state needs this educational tool and welcomes the Chamber’s continuing commitment to this fight to do the right thing for Kentucky’s children.