The Unintended Consequences of HB520

The House Committee Substitute version that is now in the Senate Education Committee takes away from local elected school boards both the resources and control over decisions about the needs and goals of public education.  However, contrary to the bill’s stated purpose it does not, in exchange, mandate ”exceptional” educational outcomes compared to what the local district  is currently experiencing. Overall, education uses a major portion of our state and county budgets. Any bill must clearly lay out how charter schools--a major shift in Kentucky public education--will be done while protecting the financial viability of…

Open Letter to Matt Bevin

NOTE: This letter was originally sent to Governor Matt Bevin in January of 2016. Since that time, the Harrells have removed their children from JCPS schools, but are committed to continuing to improve public education. The Harrells never received a response from the Governor. Dear Governor Bevin, I am a parent of three boys, two of which are students in the Jefferson County Public Schools.  I wanted to share with you some of my understanding, concerns and perceptions as you advocate for charter schools.  From the perspective of a parent, Jefferson County Public Schools has essentially…

Welcome to Our Website

Save Our Schools KY is a Frankfort-facing grassroots public education advocacy group that seeks to stay informed of impending actions and legislation that could impact our public schools, to provide feedback to legislators that will result in legislation that is positive for public education, and to protect our public schools from unscrupulous attacks by privatizers and billionaires.  The playbook has already been written! Defund schools, test and punish, raise class sizes, close schools, blame teachers, and bring in privatizers and charters to save the day! Sound familiar? It is already being played out in many other…