2017 Regular Session of the General Assembly approved HB 520, legislation that
for the first time allows charter schools in Kentucky. Gov. Matt Bevin signed
the bill March 21, 2017. It becomes effective 90 days after the final day of the legislative session, which is sometime around June 30, 2017. A link to the laws establishing
charter schools and outlining funding provisions can be found in the right column on this page.
next step will be for the Kentucky Board of Education to create regulations
governing the implementation of the law. This process is expected to take at least six months to complete. There will be several opportunities for public comment on the proposed regulations throughout the process.
Once final regulations are approved and in place (in late 2017-early 2018), the application process to start a charter will begin. Those interested in starting a charter are encouraged to check this page regularly for updates and guidance.
is expected that the first charter school will not open until the fall of 2018.