Kentucky is currently one of just seven states in the country that do not allow charter schools. But that’s about to change.
Both chambers of the state legislature approved a bill last week that will finally provide Kentucky families with this effective educational alternative. Governor Bevin is expected to sign the bill into law.
Americans for Prosperity-Kentucky supported this bill with efforts that included phone banking, door knocking, and a digital ad campaign. Our grassroots volunteers worked tirelessly to spread the message of educational freedom, and informed Americans across the Bluegrass State about the many benefits of charter schools.
These efforts were part of an ongoing national campaign by AFP to make school choice a reality across the country. Every day, more parents are realizing that their child’s achievement shouldn’t be limited by their zip code, and they shouldn’t be trapped in a school district just because of their income.
In 1993, one out of every five U.S. students attended private school or a chosen public school (rather than an assigned public school). By 2007, that number had risen to more than one in every four students. With surveys still showing that parents are more likely to be dissatisfied with their child’s education if the child is attending an assigned public school – a sentiment even more pronounced among low-income families – this trend shows no signs of slowing.
Millions of Americans across the country continue to benefit from the increased opportunity and improved outcomes that school choice policies like charter schools bring. Soon, families across Kentucky will be able to do the same.