Education Reform Off To Rough Start

Education reform in Mississippi is off to a rocky start in the state legislature. MPB’s Jeffrey Hess reports that a presentation of the Governor’s education agenda met bi-partisan resistance on the house education committee.

A representative for Governor Phil Bryant explained the Governor’s education reform goals to the house education Committee Wednesday.

Some of the top objectives for the governor include expanding charter schools, creating a privately funded scholarship program to send kids to private school, and allowing students to attend school in a district they don’t live in.

Many on the committee are expressing skepticism about the plans, including some republicans like Forest Hamilton of Olive Branch.

“Charter schools? That is going to solve the problem for the 2%? What about the 98%? We need to be concerned about 98% of the people. And I think it is time as legislators that we step to the plate,” Hamilton said.

Mississippi Public Broadcasting
1/9/13