FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky is one step closer to getting charter schools.
Hours after a lengthy debate in the House Education Committee, the full House debated the matter for another two hours before passing it on a 56-39 vote.
Democrat Rep. Will Coursey delivered an emotional opposition to the bill, saying it will "suck the life's blood" from public schools while Republican Rep. Phil Moffett says the bill is in the best interest of Kentucky's students.
Democrat Rep. Jody Richards was reduced to tears while talking about the current funding levels of public schools and how charter schools will continue to affect that.
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.