Charter schools, about helping children, not schools

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

LEXINGTON, KY—”Kentucky is on the verge of joining the rest of the nation in freeing its schools from some of the constraints of an education establishment that fights meaningful change and stifles innovation,” said a spokesman for The Family Foundation after charter school legislation was approved by the Kentucky House. “This action will ensure that Kentucky does not remain an educational backwater in a nation in which the vast majority of states have moved ahead on charters.”

House Bill 520 was approved by the House Education Committee earlier today and passed by the House this afternoon 56-39.

“Kentucky’s schools have been held in a stranglehold by teachers’ unions and other groups who have a vested financial interest in retaining the status quo,” said Martin Cothran, spokesman for the group. “There is more willingness to consider change in North Korea than there is in the Kentucky education establishment.”

Cothran criticized the slogan of opponents of charter schools. “The slogan ‘I love my public school’ betrays the misplaced priorities of this state’s education establishment. This debate isn’t about protecting Kentucky schools; this debate is about the well-being of Kentucky children.”

“We hope the State Senate will continue the effort to free the children of this state to attend the school of their choice.”


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