House Panel Broadens Charter Schools Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A charter school bill moving forward in the Mississippi House is more expansive than the one passed last week by the state Senate.

The bill, passed Monday by a House subcommittee, would not only create a new board to approve charter schools, but would allow any of the state's 152 local boards to approve charters in their

It would also allow the Mississippi Department of
Education to convert existing schools to charters.

House Bill 888 would allow online charter schools, unlike the Senate version, which bans them.

The House bill would not allow any local district to veto a charter approved by one of the statewide boards, and would exempt all teachers and
administrators from state licensing requirements.

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  • by Wayne Location: Collinsville on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:19 PM
    So, in other words, we are going to go from 152 high schools we cannot afford, to 200, 215, 230 high schools that we REALLY cannot afford. We don't have enough young people in the state to support the schools we have now. Consolidation needs to be the 1st item on the agenda, NOT charter schools.
  • by Upset citizen on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM
    I should have saw this coming. First Republicans give us no child left behind without adequate funding. Now they are trying to convert private schools to public schools via vouchers. That means that public money would follow the child to the private school. The caveat is that the private now charter school will not have the same accountability as public schools. This is ludicrous and an assault to public schools. The public should be outraged. We don't have enough money for public schools. And without the same accountabilty and credentials how will you know whether the private/charter school is meeting state and national standards.
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