JACKSON Miss. – A charter school bill has made it to the floor of the Mississippi House. Representatives voiced their concerns about the bill. Some of those were resolved, others were not.
Here are some of the provisions included in the bill.
There will be a charter school authorizing board established as the only authorization board. It will be comprised of seven members: three appointed by the Governor, three by the Lt. Governor, and one by the Superintendent of Education. One must come from each of the Supreme Court districts in the state.
Charters must be endorsed by the local school board in A, B, and C graded districted before making its way to the endorser.
Schools boards of districts ranked D and F are unable to veto charter schools in their district. However, chaters must go through an application process that contains 32 steps, one of those is gaining local support.
The bill also gives charter schools the option to provide pre-K education but it does not enforce it.