Charter school legislation gets new life - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Charter school legislation gets new life

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The state senate has now passed its version of a charter school bill that supporters say is a compromise with the version that failed in house committee.

The 31-to-19 vote came late Wednesday afternoon. The legislation was added as an amendment to an existing bill and would broaden language used in the creation of charter schools. Under the bill, charter schools could open anywhere in the state, but current districts with a rating of "successful" or higher would have to first give approval.

Those "successful" districts would have only four years of approval power, while those ranked as "star" or "high performing" would have permanent approval power.

Funding is set to follow the student and a seven member commission would be set up.

"This is an opportunity for us to bring the charter school legislation back," said Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves. "I think it's important. I think kids trapped in failing school districts need it, and that's what we tried to do."

The bill now goes to the house, which can either concur with what the senate passed or send the bill to a conference committee.

 Copyright 2012 WLBT. All rights reserved. 

Also on WLBT.com

Updated:

History of action on HB 1152 More>>

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 50 employees fired after refusing flu shot

    50 employees fired after refusing flu shot

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:14 AM EST2017-11-22 07:14:40 GMT
    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:14 AM EST2017-11-22 07:14:40 GMT
    At least 50 enployees at a health company have lost their jobs after refusing to get flu shots. (Source: KBJR/CN)At least 50 enployees at a health company have lost their jobs after refusing to get flu shots. (Source: KBJR/CN)

    Since September, employees have been given three options:  Get the flu shot, get an approved religious or medical exemption, or leave Essentia. At least 50 people have lost their jobs thus far.

    More >>

    Since September, employees have been given three options:  Get the flu shot, get an approved religious or medical exemption, or leave Essentia. At least 50 people have lost their jobs thus far.

    More >>
  • Woman convicted in hair weave killings collapses as guilty verdict read

    Woman convicted in hair weave killings collapses as guilty verdict read

    Saturday, November 18 2017 8:09 AM EST2017-11-18 13:09:51 GMT
    Shelby Isaac (Source: WMC Action News 5)Shelby Isaac (Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Shelby Isaac was found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting and killing E.J. Tate, his girlfriend Edwina Thomas, and their unborn child in January 2016. 

    More >>

    Shelby Isaac was found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting and killing E.J. Tate, his girlfriend Edwina Thomas, and their unborn child in January 2016. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly