Charter schools, school choice explored

Each day, Cynthia Jackson of Canton drives past Madison County schools, where she wants to send her 11-year-old son but can’t.

“I could do it illegally, but then you’d be trying to arrest me,” she said during a luncheon Thursday at the Capitol led by the Mississippi Center for Public Policy and the Black Alliance for Educational Options.

Jackson said she wants a choice.

“I want the option where I can take my child to a district that is performing well,” she said. “It’s in the same county. My taxes are going to the same county, and I don’t understand why I can’t take him down the road.”

Clarion Ledger
1/26/12