That language defines a charter school as:
- "a nonsectarian, nonreligious, non-home-based, tuition-free public school that operates within a local school district"
- "or a statewide virtual charter school approved by the Kentucky Department of Education through collaboration with Kentucky Educational Television and local school districts."
- Open enrollment to all students in the local district and contiguous districts.
- Make admission decisions in a nondiscriminatory manner.
- Not charge tuition.
- "to convert a private school or a nonpublic home-based education program into a charter school"
- "or to create a charter school which is a nonpublic home-based educational program."
- violated a material part of the contract.
- violated a law (other than one from which it got an exemption).
- failed to meet "meet generally accepted standards of fiscal management"
- did not deliver the student achievement it promised.
If you can't charge tuition, aren't sectarian, can't discriminate, have to be approved by the local board, and can be closed by the local board, I think you qualify as a public school. You may be a good version or a bad version of a public school, but on the basics, you're public.
UPDATE: I have corrected the bill number in the post above.