Bomgar Named to State Education Board

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A leading proponent of charter schools may be joining the state Board of Education.

House Speaker Philip Gunn has appointed Joel Bomgar to the board, pending Senate confirmation.

Bomgar is founder and CEO of software maker Bomgar Corp. of Ridgeland. He also heads Better Education for Mississippi, a group of Republican-linked business leaders pushing for charter schools.

Bomgar would replace Martha "Jackie" Murphy, whose term expires at the end of June.

If confirmed, Bomgar's term would begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2022.

The board oversees educational policy for Mississippi's 151 school districts.

Though Bomgar supports charter schools, plans now being considered by the legislature would create a separate board to authorize and oversee such schools.