Mississippi’s 2013 Legislative session set to begin at noon

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is urging the House and Senate to allow broad development of charter schools, which are public schools that are free of many regulations. While advocates believe charters will encourage academic innovation, critics worry the emphasis on charters detracts from efforts to strengthen all schools.

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said charter schools won’t solve all of Mississippi’s education problems, but they would be “an additional tool in the toolbox.”

Reeves also said he believes charter schools should be allowed anywhere communities want them. Some education officials have said charters should be allowed only in areas where schools are struggling.

“That is a decision parents should make,” Reeves said Monday during a forum sponsored by the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government.

Clarion Ledger