Charter Schools

Published: 9/13/2017 12:52 PM

​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.

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 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. 
It is expected that the first charter school will not open until the fall of 2018.

Earl Simms
Office of Legal, Legislative and Communication Services
Division of Charter Schools
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4770
Fax (502) 564-9321