Bryant Pushes for Broader School Choice

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Gov. Phil Bryant wants to push school choice even farther in Mississippi, proposing a plan that would allow donors to fund scholarships to private schools for some students and to allow students to enroll in any public school statewide that has room.

Those were among proposals the Republican is making for the 2013 Mississippi Legislature. He unveiled them Friday at Northwest Rankin High School, where his children went to school.

The choice plans add to Bryant's renewed proposal to expand public charter schools in Mississippi. Charter school plans faltered under House opposition last year.

Bryant also wants to block any student behind in reading from advancing to 4th grade and any student behind in math or reading from advancing to 8th grade.

He also renewed his call to pay more to high-performing teachers.