Senate committee approves charter school bill

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – As expected, the Senate Education Committee passed charter school legislation Tuesday.

A section allowing virtual charter schools was removed from the bill in committee, but the bill will allow charter schools in C, D and F accredited districts without the approval of the local school boards.

The Committee met for about 20 minutes Tuesday to pass the bill to the floor of the Senate. But on Monday, according to various sources,the Senate Education Committee met with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for more than one hour in an unannounced meeting to discuss the legislation.

Even though a majority of the Committee was discussing the legislation in a private meeting, it was not online Monday night for members of the public to read before Tuesday morning’s vote.

The bill passed the Senate last year, but died in the House. It has been identified as one of the primary issues of the legislative leadership for the 2013 session.

Read more in Wednesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.

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