Governor Bryant Criticizes Lawsuit Over Charter Schools
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is criticizing a lawsuit that seeks to block charter schools in Mississippi.
Southern Poverty Law Center filed the suit Monday in Hinds County Chancery Court on behalf of seven parents who send their children to Jackson Public Schools. It argues that charter schools violate the state constitution by making school districts share property tax collections with schools they don’t control.
Bryant says Tuesday that the lawsuit is a frivolous attempt by “Democrats and their allies” to usurp decisions made by the Republican-majority Legislature.
He says the charter school law he signed in 2013 “has proven effective at lifting poor and underserved children out of failing districts.”
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