Charter School Bill Loses Vote but Not Dead Yet

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Mississippi House members don't want to proceed with a bill including a charter schools expansion favored by the Senate.

The House voted 60-58 Tuesday to reject a conference with senators on differences over House Bill 890.

The bill, which also includes provisions raising entry standards for teacher education, remains on the House calendar and could be voted on again before Thursday.

As amended by the Senate, the bill widens provisions allowing charter schools. Crucially, it gives a veto over local charters to C-rated districts for only three years.

Many House members want A, B and C-rated districts to have permanent vetoes over charter schools.

Four representatives switched their votes to "no" after voting "yes" in January on a narrower House charter schools bill. One representative switched from not voting to voting "no."