School Choice Policies

Charter School Choice

Do state statutes allow for charter schools?

Are for-profit charters allowed?

Did not find-

No mention: "A public charter school...shall be exempt from all statutes and administrative regulations applicable to the state board, a local school district, or a school, except the public charter school shall adhere to the same health, safety, civil rights, and disability rights requirements as are applied to all public schools and to all requirements otherwise identified in KRS 160.1590 to 160.1599 and 161.141."

160.1592 (1)

Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?


Beginning in academic year 2017-2018, any authorizer may authorize an unlimited number of public charter schools within the boundary of the local school district

160.1591 (3)

Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?

Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?


Kentucky charter schools are required to hire only qualified teachers for student instructions. State statutes define qualified teachers as a person that has been certified by the Education Professional Standards Board.

160.1590(14) Definitions.

Virtual School Choice

Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?

Did not find-

Kentucky does not allow for virtual charter schools, we did not find whether or not virtual public schools are allowed. "A public charter school shall not be a virtual public charter school." "Virtual public charter school" means a public charter school that offers educational services primarily or completely through an online program.

160.1591(4): Legislative findings and declarations -- Public charter school project.
160.1590(20): Definitions for KRS 160.1590 to 160.1599.

Are virtual schools required to track attendance?

Did not find

Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?

Did not find

Private School Choice

Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?


No voucher programs found. The state constitution adopted the Blaine Amendment: “No portion of any fund or tax now existing, or that may hereafter be raised or levied for educational purposes, shall be appropriated to, or used by, or in aid of, any church, sectarian or denominational school.” Kentucky Const. § 189.

Kentucky Const. § 189.
EdChoice School Choice in America

Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?


No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?

Not Applicable

Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?

Not Applicable

Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?

Not Applicable

Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?

Not Applicable

Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?

Not Applicable

Interdistrict School Choice

Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?


Pupils listed under a written agreement may attend school in a nonresident district.

157.350.(4)(a)1: Eligibility of districts for participation in fund to support education excellence in Kentucky

Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?

Did not find

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