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Bill: Let some charter school students cross district lines

Students from Mississippi school districts with academic ratings of C, D or F could cross district lines to attend charter schools elsewhere under a measure moving forward in the state House.

Representatives Monday voted 65-51 to approve Senate Bill 2161 , which goes back to the Senate for more work.

Now, no students can cross district lines without local permission. Supporters of the bill say this prohibition hampers the alternative form of public schools in low-enrollment districts.

The bill maintains the requirement that A, B or C-rated districts approve charter schools locating there. In D and F-rated districts, only approval by the state Charter School Authorizer Board is required.

Charter schools could also choose to provide pensions through the state’s Public Employees Retirement System under the measure.

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