Charter bills create new board

The Republican House and Senate leadership is on the verge of doing something that has not happened often in recent years in the Mississippi Legislature – expand state government.

In both the House and Senate versions of bills expanding the authority for charter schools to locate in the state, a new agency is created. A separate board is formed to authorize charter schools, which will receive public funds to operate outside the governance and many of the guidelines of traditional public schools in return for the promise of meeting specified performance levels.

“It (new board) is duplication,” said Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, who has fought unsuccessfully to eliminate the authorizing board and give the authority to approve and regulate charter schools to the existing state Board of Education.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal