April 1, 2010(Key vote)
Title: Education Law Amendments
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the formation of charter schools and allows for early high school graduation upon the meeting of specified criteria.
-Authorizes charter schools in Kentucky, and states that they shall do the following (Sec. 3):
-Expand learning experiences for students who are identified as academically "low-achieving;"
-Implement "high, rigorous standards" for pupil performance;
-Provide parents and students with expanded choices in the types of education opportunities that are available within the public school system; and
-Be allowed freedom and flexibility in exchange for "exceptional" levels of "results-driven" accountability.
-Specifies that local boards of education shall have the power to approve or deny applications to start a charter school, and that a new charter school may be approved by such a board for a period of 3 to 5 years and renewed for a period not to exceed 5 years (Sec. 6).
-Allows public school students to graduate from high school early and qualify for an Early Graduation Scholarship Certificate for use in a Kentucky public 2 year community and technical college or a Kentucky 4 year institution that is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools if they meet the following requirements (Sec 13):
-Successfully complete 18 credits including specified courses;
-Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4-point scale;
-Score on the ACT examination at or above benchmarks set by the Council on Postsecondary Education for mathematics and English; and
-Complete at least 2 AP courses, 2 IB courses, or 1 AP course and 1 IB course.
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.