JACKSON, Miss. — Members of the Mississippi NAACP met with lawmakers Tuesday, asking some to reject a bill that would expand the state’s current charter school law.
Derrick Johnson, president of the state National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said lawmakers should focus instead on full funding for public education. He said shortchanging public schools in a tough budget year would “create and maintain a permanent situation of second-class citizens.”
This year’s budget talks will move into their final phases in the coming weeks. Lawmakers are trying to figure out how to fund state programs that had been propped up by the federal stimulus – funding that won’t be available in fiscal 2012.