Board of Education to hold study session on charter schools

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(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Kentucky Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 28, to study the issue of charter schools. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. ET in the State Board Room, 300 Sower Boulevard, 5th Floor, Room 514, in Frankfort.

The meeting will be webcast live beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Information on how to access the webcast will be available on the Kentucky Department of Education’s homepage the day of the meeting.

A full agenda follows.

Kentucky Board of Education Study Session on Charter Schools
Nov. 28, 2016 – 9 a.m. ET
300 Sower Boulevard, State Board Room (Room 514), Frankfort, Ky.

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Setting the Stage for the Presentations and Discussion – Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt, Kentucky Commissioner of Education and Dr. Wayne D. Lewis, Executive Director of Educational Programs, Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet and Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, University of Kentucky

IV. Environmental Scan Relative to Charter Schools – Micah Wixom, Education Commission of the States

V. Presentation of Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s Exploring Charter Schools in Kentucky Report – Prichard Committee Staff

VI. Presentation of Research Studies on Charter Schools

A. Dr. Margaret (Macke) Raymond, Director, Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), Stanford University

VII. Lunch – noon to 1 p.m. ET

VIII. Presentation of Research Studies on Charter Schools (continued) (tentative start time – 1 p.m. ET)

A. Dr. Joseph Waddington, Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation, University of Kentucky

B. Other Materials Provided to the Board for Background

1. Are High Quality Schools Enough to Close the Achievement Gap? Evidence from A Social Experiment in Harlem by Will Dobbie and Roland G. Fryer, Jr. (Harvard)

2. Accountability and Flexibility in Public Schools: Evidence from Boston’s Charters and Pilots by Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Joshua Angrist, Susan Dynarski, Thomas J. Kane and Parag Pathak (Harvard)

3. Four Court Cases Related to Charter Schools

IX. Guided Discussion on Possible Board Position on Charter Schools in Kentucky – Stephen L. Pruitt, Commissioner of Education

X. Next Steps

XI. Adjournment

Visit the board portal here to access the agenda and supporting materials online.

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