Charter schools, though they have dominated the first three weeks of the Mississippi Legislature, are only the beginning.
House and Senate lawmakers are considering numerous other measures to change K-12 education, many of which have never been debated before. Some proposals are being pushed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who spent months calling for 2013's Legislature to focus on education.
Ideas are circulating to pay for more 4-year-olds to attend preschool, give tax breaks for people who donate money for children to attend private schools, require children to read on grade level before passing third grade, and tinker with the public school funding formula.
Thursday, a Senate committee passed a bill to require county school districts that now elect superintendents to appoint them, except where voters opt out.