Senate committee OKs charter school bill

By Bobby Harrison/Daily Journal

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate Education Committee today approved a bill expanding the state’s charter school law to allow such schools anywhere in the state.
It’s expected to come before the full Senate later this week.
Before voting to approve the bill, the committee eliminated a provision allowing online virtual charter schools. The amendment offered by Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, passed overwhelmingly on a voice vote.
The charter school legislation, sponsored by Education Committee chair Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, and Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo,committee vice chair, allows charters to be granted by an independent state board in any school district. Per student taxpayer allocations would follow each student who chose to attend a charter school, including across district and county lines.
School boards in districts ranked High Performing or Star would have veto power over charters in their districts.