House Bill 9, which provides funding for public charter schools in Kentucky, passed the Senate Education Committee Monday with eight yes votes, three no votes, and one pass vote.
Sponsored by Representative Chad McCoy, House Bill 9 codifies the model from House Bill 563 last year, which allows for SEEK dollars to follow the student. In 2017, the General Assembly passed a bill authorizing charter schools to be open within the Commonwealth. House Bill 9 would establish a pilot project for Louisville and Northern Kentucky.
Testifying along Representative McCoy, was Pastor Jerry Stevenson, Senior Minister of Mid-West Church of Christ in Louisville, who has been a longtime advocate for education reform for the West End of Louisville.
“Something is not working with the traditional public system; charter schools are one more option for our students,” Stevenson said.
House Bill 9 now advances to the full Senate for consideration.
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