The process for some Kentucky schools to move to more of an independent status is moving forward. Kentucky Education Commissioner is previewing an application process for public school districts wanting to operate more like charter schools. Participating districts would gain more flexibility on such core issues as curriculum, instruction, funding, and school scheduling. In return, districts would offer commitments to improve student performance, especially among low-achieving students. The new rules would likely go into effect for the 2013-2014 school year.