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‘Long overdue’ Kentucky charter schools await governor’s signature

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It’s been a long time coming, but charter school supporters in Kentucky are one step away from celebrating.

The legislature cleared a measure last week that would allow local school boards to authorize charters, along with the mayors of Louisville and Lexington.

The final step will be Republican Gov. Matt Bevin — who called the reform “long overdue — signing the bill into law. That would make Kentucky the 44th state to allow charter schools.

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John Bicknell is executive editor of Watchdog.org. He is a veteran editor and has worked in journalism for more than 30 years. He came to Washington in 1999 as an editor at Congressional Quarterly and held several positions at CQ and Roll Call. He is the author of "America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation." His next book, scheduled to be published in 2017, is on John C. Fremont's 1856 presidential campaign. John also served as senior editor of the 2016 edition of “The Almanac of American Politics.” He can be reached on Twitter @JohnBick1960 and by email at [email protected]