Charter Schools

Published: 12/18/2017 1:38 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 administrative regulations and their documents incorporated by reference on this page are still in the administrative review process, pursuant to KRS Chapter 13A. Upon completion of the review process, they will become law. Until then, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is publishing the regulations and their documents on this page to provide the public access, pursuant to KRS Chapter 13A. The official version of KDE regulations, final regulations and those still in the review process, can be found at the Legislative Review Commission's website at:​
CONTACT PERSON: Kevin C. Brown, Associate Commissioner and General Counsel, Kentucky Department of Education, 300 Sower Blvd, 5th Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601, phone 502-564-4474, fax 502-564-9321, email
701 KAR 8:010. Charter school student application, lottery, and enrollment. Amended After Comments

701 KAR 8:020. Evaluation of charter school authorizers. Amended After Comments

701 KAR 8:030. Charter school appeal process.

701 KAR 8:040. Conversion charter school petition, conversion, and operation. Amended After Comments
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