More charters, fewer districts 2016 education legacy

Education policy had an interesting time of it this legislative session under the Republican supermajority’s leadership, leaving a legacy of charter school expansion, appointed superintendents and more school district consolidations.

“School choice” was the buzzword when lawmakers gaveled in, and by the end of the session, House Education Chairman John Moore told representatives on the floor he “doesn’t care what the (education funding) formula says,” referring to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program…

…But as the session ended, only a handful of “school choice” bills made it through the process. Despite calls to allow students in any area of the state to cross district lines to attend charter schools in other areas, the Senate eked out a bill allowing only students in districts rated C, D and F to do so.