Kentucky Senate OKs charter school conversion

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 9:02 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would allow persistently low-performing schools to convert to charter schools.

Current Kentucky gives consistently underperforming schools four options for improvement, ranging from restaffing to closing down.

The bill would provide a fifth option, allowing the school to vote on whether to become a charter school.

Republican Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green is the bill's sponsor. He says if 20 percent of parents sign a petition, a vote may be called to consider the conversion.

Opposition to the measure came from Democratic Sen. Gerald Neal of Louisville, who says the bill's objectives are not achievable.

The bill passed along party lines on a 22-14 vote. It now moves to the House for consideration.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 211.

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