Opposition to Charter Schools is Growing in Oxford School District

The state Senate may vote this week on whether to allow charter schools in Mississippi — after the House already passed the bill. But, as MPB’s Sandra Knispel reports, resistance is growing in some school districts, among them Oxford.

Anyone who’s ever tried to get parents to a PTA meeting on a weekend knows how near impossible a task it is. But this past Saturday afternoon, about twenty parents, school administrators and members of the Oxford School Board came to the Powerhouse to hear Nancy Loome, executive director of the Mississippi Parents’ Campaign, speak about proposed charter schools for Mississippi.

“It’s important for the citizens of Mississippi to let their voices be heard,” Loome said. “Because if we don’t speak up we are allowing the lobbyists for these for-profit groups to write this legislation instead.”

Mississippi Public Broadcasting
1/22/13