FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A charter schools showdown is shaping up in Frankfort.
Right now the House and Senate are working overtime to deal with last minute votes. One of the most anticipated is the decision on whether to allow charter schools in Kentucky.
The Senate president late Tuesday afternoon confirmed they may get to the charter schools bill before the day ends. It will require him calling for a recess, a special committee meeting and then getting the bill to the full Senate for a vote.
It's a process that will likely infuriate opponents of the plan because they won't likely get another chance to bring opposing testimony.
That's not an issue for the Senate president.
“You know that's not a concern that we have. Everybody is entitled to come here and express their opinion,” Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, (R), said. “We've had numerous conversations, actually, I saw seared to my left in the balcony was the director or decisive director of the KEA. They've been making their voices heard.”
Opponents held another news conference early Tuesday calling for lawmakers to stop the bill.
They questioned the quality of teachers who will teach in charter schools, who can approve of them, and the lack of s funding mechanism in the current bill.
“You mean, c’mon, give me a break, this is a bad bill. If this is about educating our kids... this ain't the bill. Pardon my English, but it ain't the bill,” Daryl Owens, Dis. 43-(D), said
Senate President Stivers stressed this bill lays the groundwork for publicly funded privately managed charter schools and more work will be needed in upcoming legislative sessions.
“So at a point in time there will have to be additional discussions about what we do with the structure,” Stivers said.
Stivers says he is not worried about passing the bill without the funding structure for it.
“We pass structures all the time and then we also pass funding, then implement the structures. So that doesn't concern me at this point in time that the funding mechanism is not attached into the bill, which has the structure in it for charter schools,” Stivers said.
Lawmakers have Monday and Tuesday to get to the charter schools bill before a break and two final days this session.