Mississippi Charter Schools Bill Fails

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House Education Committee members have
narrowly rejected a bill to widen Mississippi's provisions for charter schools.

The issue could be far from dead, though. Gov. Phil Bryant immediately threatened a special session on the subject and a bill in the state Senate could be amended to include charter language.

After days of delay, the Education Committee voted 16-15 against the measure. Five Republicans broke ranks to vote against the bill, while two Democrats voted for it.

Proponents say charter schools promise better academics in return for freedom from state rules.

Opponents worry they could skim funding and motivated students from poorly performing
districts, leaving them worse off.

Senate Education Committee chairman Gray Tollison said he would consider amending another bill to include a version of the rejected proposal