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Charter School Bill Passed By Senate

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A bill that would allow persistently low-achieving public schools to convert to privately-run charter schools has cleared the Kentucky Senate. 

The measure passed the Republican-led chamber by a 22-14 party line vote.

It would allow certified teaching staff and parents to petition the school’s principal to hold a vote on whether a privately run charter organization should be in charge of the school.

Sen. Mike Wilson sponsored the bill.

“It’s only allowed in conversions for these low-achieving schools, and schools do remain accountable to the local board, who is, that who is the contract is with, and it’s only for a period of five years,” said Wilson.

Wilson filed similar legislation last year, only for it die in the Democratically controlled House.

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