Gov. Bevin backs bill to authorize charter schools in Kentucky - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Gov. Bevin backs bill to authorize charter schools in Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bill to authorize charter schools in Kentucky has the full support of Gov. Matt Bevin. 

House Bill 520 was officially introduced Tuesday. 

Charter schools are public schools with contracts allowing them to operate outside of normal rules and regulations. Students, however, must take the same academic tests as other public school students. 

Bevin says charter schools provide a focused and individualized approach to learning. He says they will be available where they're most needed. 

"There is a lot of misinformation about where or how these schools may end up coming to life," Bevin said in a video broadcast live on Facebook on Tuesday. "They are going to come to life in our urban communities -- that's where the need is, that's where the failing schools are."

Right now charter schools are legal in 43 other states, including Indiana.

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