BAEO Statement on Passage of Kentucky's Charter School Bill

BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper issued the following statement on the passage of (HB-520) Kentucky's charter school law. Once the bill is signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, local elected leaders and school boards will be authorized to green light new charter schools in the state as early as the 2017-2018 school year.

"This is a great day for low-income and working-class Black families who want
more high-quality educational options for their children. We believe
charter schools can play an innovative role in the education and
preparation of our children to go to, through and beyond college. Public
charter schools deserve to be part of the educational landscape that
also includes traditional district schools and private schools.

"BAEO has long supported expanding parental choice options in the state of
Kentucky. From organizing parents and faith leaders in Louisville; to
fighting for our children trapped in underperforming schools; to working
with educators and elected officials in Lexington to develop the type
of legislation that Gov. Bevin has promised to sign into law.  We are proud to
have played an early role in the struggle that has led to this
significant milestone.

"This victory belongs to the parents and children of Kentucky."