Let’s talk about Charter Schools. What are your thoughts? They are now part of Kentucky but school leaders need to be aware and involved in this process. It is our belief that charter schools need to be held to the same standards as all public schools, if they are receiving funding from the public system. Otherwise, how can their effectiveness be measured? And, if public schools are required to meet certain standards, then all school funded by this system need to also meet the set standards. Public school leaders need to pay close attention to the discussion and be a voice in this process. A Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Group has been formed and The Kentucky Department of Education has named Earl Simms as the Director of its newly created Division of Charter Schools in the Office of Legal, Legislative and Communication Services.