Charles Busby: Push for statewide charter schools improper

A House Republican sponsoring a bill to expand access to Mississippi charter schools said Wednesday that a Hinds County Democrat’s amendment to allow the schools statewide was improper and will be stripped from the measure.

Rep. Charles Busby, R-Pascagoula, told The Associated Press that the amendment by Rep. Jarvis Dortch, D-Raymond, isn’t allowed under House rules because House Bill 1044 lacks the appropriate sections of state law…

…Busby said he didn’t think a majority of House members would allow charter schools statewide without local input. Though he ultimately wants charter schools statewide, he said he wants to move in a measured fashion.

“To blow it wide open like that before the charter schools have proven themselves undermines that argument,” Busby said.