Around the time charter schools first began to appear in Minnesota, Kentucky was neck-deep in the Kentucky Education Reform Act, the most sweeping set of school reforms undertaken by any state at any one time. As a result, there was little interest on the part of the legislature, or the press for that matter, in allowing Kentucky schools to veer from the KERA's path. Everybody's hands were full. The new law was already being attacked from the right and supporters worried there might not be enough votes to sustain KERA in 1996. Meanwhile, the Patton administration took the position that "Kentucky is not ready for charter schools."
Day, Richard E., "Kentucky coming late to battle for soul of charter schools movement" (2010). Curriculum and Instruction Faculty and Staff Scholarship. Paper 46.