House Tries to Revive Charter School Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi House leaders are seeking changes in a proposed charter school bill, but Senate leaders
appear unlikely to agree to measures that might win over House opponents.

The House moved Monday to send to conference HB 1152, which would create an alternative system of public schools in Mississippi.

Opposition had stalled the measure in the House. Sending it to conference could open the bill to parliamentary challenge.

But supporters said Gov. Phil Bryant could call a special session to give a new chance to a House-majority supported plan.

Swaying opponents could mean removing a provision to allow charter schools in districts rated successful, beginning in mid-2015.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves reiterated opposition Monday to
giving successful districts a veto over charters, and said Senate negotiators would likely fight that change.

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