During the recent trip to Helena, Ark., to visit the KIPP Delta School, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves made it clear he is not backing down from his insistence that charter schools be allowed without local board approval in what are now accredited as C districts or successful districts under the old accreditation system.
That was one of the sticking points that led to the rejection of charter schools during the 2012 session. Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Speaker Phiilp Gunn have indicated in recent statements that low performing or D and F accredited systems might be a good point to start with charter schools in Mississippi.
While Bryant and Gunn did not say their positions are locked in, if they are in unison on the issue during the session, Reeves may have to back down or run the risk of killing charter schools in 2013.
That could prove troublesome for the Republican lieutenant governor because he has become one of the most ardent supporters of charter schools.