House passes charter schools with NO DEBATE!?!

The House on Tuesday passed a charter schools bill 62-56 with, oddly, no debate or questions on House Bill 369, the “Charter Schools Act of 2013.”

The chamber’s first vote on the bill, on Jan. 24, came only after 10 hours of debate that ran into the wee hours of the morning.

The House action came after Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and other GOP Senate leaders backed down from their push for a more expansive charter schools bill and accepted the weaker House version.

Five Democrats voted for the bill; six Republicans against in the House.

Geoff Pender
4/2/13