Business group adds to Mississippi charter school push

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — A group of 22 business leaders is calling for a broadened charter school law.

The group calls itself Better Education for Mississippi and is led by Bomgar Corp. Chairman Joel Bomgar. Members asked legislators Monday to enact a law that would allow the schools to set up in any district.

Bomgar says all Mississippi parents should have a choice of schools for their children. He cited an analysis showing even highly-rated districts have failing schools. His group supports creating a separate board to approve and regulate public charters, instead of giving that role to the state Board of Education.

Mississippi law allows some failing schools to be chartered if a majority of parents request. Supporters want to make it easier and want to allow new schools to be created.