This is the most dangerous week of the legislative session for supporters of public schools. The charter school cult has managed to get several bills almost through the process and into conference committees. In violation of legislative rules, these committees are meeting in secret. Literally at any minute, these committees can file a conference report which will be voted on in less than 24 hours, and there is no meaningful limit to what the reports can contain.
The conference reports will be as drastic as possible. From the begining of this year’s debate, some charter school supporters have been frank enough to say they really support vouchers, but they understand they don’t have the votes this year. Others are more careful in their comments.
All charter school proposals would allow any school age child in the state to attend any charter school anywhere in the state. That charter school would receive the state funds which otherwise would go to the child’s local school district. It would also receive some of the local property tax dollars from the local district.
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal