House deals blow to Gov. Bryant’s education reform bill

The House may have killed Gov. Phil Bryant’s overall education reform bill known as Mississippi Education Works, which allows charter schools, prevents third grade students from passing to the fourth grade if their reading level isn’t up to standards, sets standards for future teachers, among other things.

The House voted 60-58 today not to invite conference on House Bill 890. It could be brought back up before Thursday’s deadline and the vote doesn’t officially kill charter schools since there is a separate charter school bill in conference and some other aspects of House Bill 890 are in other bills still alive.

But state Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, said the vote should tell the whole state that there should be an investment in overall public schools, not charter schools.

Clarion Ledger
3/26/13