The Department's new charter school proposal confirms an insight from my favorite fictional President. Jed Barlet told an imaginary student audience that "Decisions are made by those who show up."
The KDE revisions reflect careful consideration of feedback from those who have already shown up to lead. Unsurprisingly, that feedback and the resulting legislative draft offer charter schools less flexibility than the earlier House Bill 109 amendments.
That's because, in this state, strong political voices in favor of charters are remarkably hard to find.
Kentucky does have a few seedling groups (mentioned here and here, for example) that may someday become forceful charter advocates--but they haven't done it yet.
If they've registered legislative agents, the Ethics Commission hasn't posted that information on-line.
If they're creating membership rolls and accepting donations, they aren't doing it at websites I can find.
If they're mobilizing to support the Senate amendments, the KDE draft, or any other charter legislation that could be considered this year, they're doing it very, very quietly.
Meanwhile, the Department is negotiating--as it should--with those who are available to negotiate.