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Lawmakers change mind, switch votes on charter schools

JACKSON — Some Mississippi House members shifted their positions on a bill that would provide for charter school expansion in the state, allowing it to move forward.

The House voted to invite conference on House Bill 890 by a vote of 61 to 56.

Reps. Manly Barton of Moss Point, Ray Rogers of Pearl and Gary Staples of Laurel, all Republicans, had voted Tuesday against sending the bill to talks with the Senate. They voted for it yesterday.

As amended by the Senate, the bill would widen provisions allowing charter schools and raise entry standards for teacher education. It would give a veto over local charters to C-rated districts for only three years.

Many House members want A, B and C-rated districts to have permanent vetoes over charter schools.

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