As Kentucky gets ready to fight over charter schools, we need to pay attention to two things: checkbooks and Bibles.

Two of the main reasons groups, especially outside groups, want charter schools is either because they see an opportunity to make money (even in so-called “non-profit” charter schools), or they see an opportunity to push a religious agenda and get paid at the same time.

How do I now this is right? Put rules in place that say that no public school funds can go to a private entity, and that no religious instruction can take place, and make those rules strong enough to make a difference, and see who stops trying to get charter schools in your state.

Of course, with all the dark money flooding into the state, it’s hard to follow either of these. But at least we can know what to look for.

Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs ( and He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.