The Mississippi Senate has revived charter school legislation, giving new life to a key Republican proposal this session.
Senators Wednesday voted 31-19 to amend an existing bill to include language that would broaden the state's current restrictive language for creating charter schools.
The measure, House Bill 1152, now goes to the House, where an earlier proposal died in committee.
The full House will have to vote to either send the Senate plan to conference or approve it, without possibility of floor amendments.
Charter schools are public schools that agree to meet certain standards in exchange for freedom from typical state regulations.
Proponents say the restructuring can help improve struggling schools in Mississippi.
Opponents fear charter schools will skim motivated students and money from traditional public schools.