HB520, the bill that will authorize privately managed charter schools in Kentucky, was approved by the Senate Education Committee and now will go to the full Senate for a vote. The Senate is in Republican hands. The Governor is a Republican.

The politicians in Kentucky seem poised to invite out-of-state corporations to come into Kentucky and take charge of public money and taxpayer dollars.

The governor says in the linked article that the people fighting charters are only out for adult interests. He has it backwards. The people fighting charters are parents and educators. The ones who want charters have dollar signs in their eyes, thinking about how they can get a piece of Kentucky’s public school budget.

Kentucky is one of only 7 states that do not yet have charters, which is the gateway drug to full privatization of public education. Republicans in Kentucky don’t want to be different. They want to be just like everyone else, even though there is no evidence that bringing in entrepreneurs and fast-buck chuck operators will mean better education for the neediest kids. If charters in Kentucky operate the way they do in most states, they will keep out the neediest kids and hang on to the ones that make them look good.

Public school parents: Wake up and vote these guys out of office when they run again. They don’t care about you or your children or your community. They are bowing down to the almighty dollar of the Waltons and the other billionaires who want to wipe out local control and democratically elected school boards.