JACKSON – Senate and House leadership today reached an agreement on allowing public charter schools in Mississippi. The Senate agreed to the exact language in House Bill 369 that already passed the House to give Mississippi parents an avenue to have school choice. Both chambers will vote on the compromise for House Bill 369 this week.
“Though we hoped for a bill that would not send the message that ‘C’ was ok in Mississippi, we agreed to compromise to give 125,000 Mississippi children an opportunity for success,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. “Public charter schools give students another avenue for academic success, and the Legislature will continue to look for innovative ways to raise the level of achievement for students.”
The bill allows public charter schools to open in D- and F-rated school districts with only approval from the state authorizing board. School boards in districts rated as A, B or C can veto a public charter school application and deny giving parents educational choice.