Charter school legislation backed by top state leaders

Mississippi’s educational system could soon get an overhaul if a senate bill becomes law. That bill would pave the way for a charter school system setting up a seven member approval committee before any charters could be granted.

“Charter schools ought to be allowed anywhere in our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves who is helping to usher the legislation.

Reeves says parents should have a choice in their child’s education and while it’s not a remedy for all of the state’s educational problems, he says it’s a start.

“We have districts that aren’t meeting the needs of kids and this is one measure, one approach,” said Reeves.

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2/20/12