JACKSON, MISS– The state senate votes 24-21 to send S.B. 2161, which would allow your child to jump school district lines to go to a charter school, to the governor’s desk to become law.
Senate Bill 2161 will allow students in school districts rated “C,” “D,” or “F” to cross district lines to attend a charter school. Currently, students are only allowed to attend a charter school in the district where they live. By allowing students to cross district lines, charter schools will now be able to open in high-need areas where the small size of many of the school districts has made the creation of a charter school virtually impossible.
“I thank Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison for their steadfast support in providing new educational opportunities to Mississippi families trapped in failing schools,” said Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen. “Because of their unwavering support for this legislation and their commitment to the children of Mississippi, more families will now have options in choosing the right education for their child.”