Gov. Phil Bryant signs charter school bill, other education reforms

Gov. Phil Bryant continues to tout the potential of new education measures.

The Republican Bryant signed four bills into law Wednesday at Northwest Rankin High School, where he pledged last fall to seek many of the changes and promised students he would come back to sign the bills before them.

“This is the day we refocus our attention to the core responsibility of all administrators, teachers and parents — providing a quality education to every child and every classroom and every school in Mississippi, to have every child graduate being career or college ready, to let the nation know we will no longer accept mediocrity, that in Mississippi education indeed works,” Bryant said.

Among the new laws is one that expands the authority to create charter schools — public schools run by private groups that agree to meet certain standards in exchange for less regulation.