Federal Funds Factor in Charter Schools Debate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi legislators are considering a charter school proposal that proponents say could better position the state for federal funding. The Obama administration has $4.35 billion set aside in its Race to the Top education reform program.

Mississippi Senate Education Committee chairman Videt Carmichael says the state could earn extra points if it had a charter school law.

Proposals would give parents the option to create charter schools or "new start" schools to try to convert failing ones.

Generally, charter schools are supported with public money, but they don't have to adhere to all state mandates.

Rep. Clara Burnett, a House negotiator, says she doesn't want the term "charter" in the bill.


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  • by Parent & Teacher Location: Meridian on Mar 26, 2010 at 06:42 AM
    Charter schools have shown tremendous success for students when they are implemented correctly. This is a great opportunity to really show some improvements to education in MS. I hope they make the right choice! It would be great to see charter schools like those in other states. Wonder why one rep. doesn't want the word "charter" in the bill?...
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