Charter schools have been slowly increasing across the United States since the first charter school opened in 1991. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) in 2017, there were 6,800 charter schools in 43 states educating three million students (Schneider, 2017). With the increase of charter schools in the United States, it is not a surprise that in Kentucky, Governor Matthew Bevin, who ran on a platform of school choice, signed House Bill 520. House Bill 520 allowed the implementation of charter schools in Kentucky for the first time ever. Passed on March 21st, 2017, the bill made Kentucky the 44th U.S. state to permit charter schools.

For many citizens of Kentucky, the idea of charter schools is very new and many people are unclear on the concept of charter schools and how they differ from traditional public schools. What should citizens expect for the future of public education in Kentucky when charter schools are implemented, and when should they expect it? Some citizens have been working and waiting on a charter school bill for some time now and believe that charter schools will be what the Kentucky educational system needs to improve. The main concern of many Kentucky citizens is how charter school implementation will affect the state’s overall educational system. This article seeks to explain what charter schools are, how they differ from traditional public schools, and what can be expected of charter schools in Kentucky.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2018


Richard Day

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Curriculum and Instruction

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Educational Leadership and Policy Studies