ASSURING STANDARDS REACH STUDENTS FUELS IMPROVEMENT

Three years of effort to expand daily time for reteaching and quickly detect when students hadn’t fully grasped new material yielded major increases in student proficiency at Knox County Middle School. Now, emerging from hectic years of adjusting to pandemic restrictions, the entire school district is pursuing a strategy of…

Charter Schools: Taking on the Questions

With the passage of 2022’s House Bill 9, Kentucky has moved a step closer to having some public charter schools. That step invites many different questions about policy, impact, evidence, principles, and practicalities. Today, we’re releasing a series of posts by Susan Perkins Weston, each aimed at one major question…

1. What is a charter school?

Under  Kentucky law, a public charter school will be one that: Serves students whose families apply, with a lottery to award seats if there are too many applications Is governed by a board of directors Receives authorization and oversight from another public agency: a school board, mayor, university board, or…

2. What student results are charter schools expected to deliver?

State law on charter schools  has two kinds of requirements for student results: First, Kentucky’s school accountability system will apply. That system includes student assessments, other kinds of data, school ratings, and support and improvement actions when schools have especially weak results. It’s clear that charter schools will be part…

3. Which school laws do charter schools have to follow?

  Exemption from legal requirements is regularly listed as a key way that charter schools can be different, usually followed by quick disclaimers that some rules will still apply. This post will offer some likely specifics on that. Here are some important examples of Kentucky rules that charter schools probably…

4. How can students be admitted to charter schools?

In general, students who wish to attend Kentucky charter schools will be admitted. If the number wishing to attend exceeds the charter school’s capacity, some preferences will apply: For students who already attend the school, their siblings, and students who live in the district where the school is located If…

5. Who can authorize charter schools?

In charter school operation, the authorizer is a government body that approves an application to form a charter school, enters a contract with the school’s board, provides oversight, and decides on renewal or closure of the school. Options and Appeals Kentucky law allows multiple authorizers for Kentucky charter schools: The…

6. Who can apply to start a charter school?

Kentucky law specifies that “teachers, parents, school administrators, community residents, public organizations, nonprofit organizations, or a combination thereof” will be able to apply. Applications for charter schools controlled wholly or partly by religious denominations will be rejected. Each charter application will include by-laws and initial members of the school’s board…

7. How can charter schools be closed if they do not deliver?

Kentucky charter schools will have five-year contracts and be able to seek renewal for additional years. Charter authorizer will be able to refuse to renew a charter school’s contract if the school: Fails to “meet or make significant progress toward” performance expectations Persistently fails to correct violations of its contract,…
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