Charter Schools

Charter Schools

Published: 3/21/2018 10:36 AM


The 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 became effective at the end of June 2017. A link to the laws establishing charter schools and outlining funding provisions can be found in the right column on this page.

The administrative regulations and their documents incorporated by reference on this page became law on March 9, 2018. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is publishing the regulations and their documents on this page to provide easy access to the public. The official version of regulations of the Kentucky Board of Education and those still in the review process, can be found at the Legislative Research Commission's website at:   Scroll down to Title 701 for charter school regulations.
Those interested in starting a charter are encouraged to check this page regularly for updates and guidance. 
Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Council

​On June 16, 2017, Gov. Bevin issued an executive order that creates a nine-member Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Council "to help ensure charter schools maintain the highest quality and provide resources to stakeholder groups regarding charter school activities." The council includes three members of the Kentucky Board of Education, one member of the School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council and
  • one parent of a school-aged child;
  • one attorney with experience in education law;
  • one person with a business or finance background;
  • and two individuals with education policy expertise.
The members of the advisory council are:
Dr. Wayne Lewis, Versailles - Chair
Ms. Holly Iaccarino - Vice Chair
Ms. Martha Fitts Clark, Owensboro
Mr. Ben Cundiff, Cadiz
Dr. Gary Houchens, Bowling Green
Ms. Valerie O'Rear, Fisherville
Dr. Milton Seymore, Louisville
Dr. Aaron Thompson, Richmond
Dr. Brandon Wilson, Cunningham

Executive Order establishing Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Council​

Earl Simms
Office of Legal, Legislative and Communication Services
Division of Charter Schools
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Frankfort, KY 40601
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