Panel votes today on charter schools

Charter school legislation will be voted on today in the Senate Education Committee, and it’s getting a major push from Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

Reeves said he supports a broad bill that will permit charter schools to locate anywhere in the state and allow online schools where a student can earn a degree without attending a “brick and mortar” school.

Reeves held a news conference in his state Capitol office Monday to endorse the bill, authored by Sens. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, and Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo, Education Committee chairman and vice chairman. He is holding similar news conferences throughout the state, including today in Tupelo.