Mississippi Charter Schools Bill Fails

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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

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  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Apr 6, 2012 at 05:28 PM
    dont worry, they will only do a run around on this to get what they want just like they are doing after the people of mississippi voted down the abortion thing they are now raming down our throat.
  • by Another Citizen on Apr 5, 2012 at 06:27 PM
    Put more money in Public Education? That's the answer? Because everytime we've added money scores have improved? Meanwhile Memphis TN will open 14 more charter schools this year. Mississippi will stay LAST in the Nation in education. Oh, by all means, let us keep the status quo. No changes. The Government Schools are doing so well.
  • by Eddie Location: Jackson on Apr 4, 2012 at 08:15 AM
    Education is the elephant in the room everyone wants to ignore and keep chuunking it peanuts to keep it quiet. I am a public school educated male and I even see where now the system is failing. And money is not the problem. Everyone continues to talk about the less fortunate kids, well what about the talented ones who are forced to learn in a critically disturbing environment. People are stuck in their ways here and embedded with school administration and school districts that make too much money to misedcate our children. Follow the money trail. Calculate all the school district superintendents payrolls and then tell me if this is a money issue still.
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Apr 3, 2012 at 02:11 PM
    Good news. Charter schools only take money from the public education system. What we need to do is invest more in public education.
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      by CharterGrad on Apr 4, 2012 at 07:52 AM in reply to Citizen
      I think Charter schools are a good thing personally. I graduated from one, and I rec'd an excellent education. For me it was a place I could go and excel and only worry about my education, and not the popularity contest and other pressures of a regular h.s. I graduated with a 3.6 gpa. I am glad I did. Thanks!
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