Charter school advocates look to change Miss. law

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Republican control of Mississippi government could bring a new charter school law, and supporters are working on proposals.

Schools that are chartered get more operational freedom in exchange for agreeing to meet certain goals. Under current Mississippi law, only schools with subpar ratings for three consecutive years can be chartered, and only at parents’ request. No school in the state has been chartered under those rules.

Opponents point to studies that show charter schools are no better than regular schools.

Charter school supporters want a more permissive law. But lawmakers will have to decide whether only the state will grant charters or whether others will also be able to create such schools. Also to be decided: whether to only convert failing schools or allow new charter schools to be founded.