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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 […] [...]

House votes down Senate’s charter school bill

JACKSON — Mississippi House members don’t want to proceed with a Senate-backed education bill that includes a proposal for charter schools expansion. The House voted 60-58 to reject a conference with senators on differences over House Bill 890. The bill also includes provisions raising entry standards for teacher education, remains on the House calendar and […] [...]

Senate passes House’s education bill; includes charter schools

JACKSON — In their latest plan to improve Mississippi public schools, state senators are offering a compromise on requirements to become a teacher and doing away with a proposal to make it easier for the state to take over troubled schools. The Senate voted 28-23 to approve its version of House Bill 890. It includes […] [...]

Legislators working on charter school bills

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are trying to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of bills expanding charter schools in the state. The Senate Education Committee took up the proposal yesterday that the House passed Jan. 24, amending it to mirror the Senate-passed plan. Oxford Republican Gray Tollison, chairman of the committee, says House and […] [...]

House passes charter school bill in wee hours of morning

JACKSON — Bleary-eyed charter schools supporters took a few minutes to bask in a big victory early today, but were quick to acknowledge that the fight’s not over. The Mississippi House voted 64-55 to pass House Bill 369, which would expand charter schools in the state. The vote came after more than seven hours of […] [...]

State House’s charter school bill clears committee

JACKSON — A proposal to expand charter schools is moving toward a vote in the full House. The House Education Committee voted 16-14 to approve House Bill 369 after about 90 minutes of debate. Committee Chairman John Moore, a Brandon Republican, says he expects the full House to vote on the measure in a “couple […] [...]

State House to take up its own charter school bill

JACKSON — State House members are poised to take up their own version of charter school legislation. House Education Committee Chairman John Moore said his panel would take up the House legislation this morning. Moore, a Brandon Republican, said the full House could debate the measure tomorrow or Thursday, if it passes committee. The Senate […] [...]

Senate easily passes expanded charter school bill

JACKSON — A bill to expand charter schools in Mississippi has easily cleared the Senate, and attention shifts to the House for the second year. In a 31-17 vote, the bill had two Democratic supporters but no Republican opponents. The vote came after more than three hours of debate and a day after Senate Bill […] [...]

Business group calls for new charter school law

JACKSON — A group of 22 business leaders is calling for a broadened charter school law, asking legislators on yesterday to enact a law that would allow the schools to set up in any district. The group calls itself Better Education for Mississippi and is led by Bomgar Corp. chairman Joel Bomgar, who leads a […] [...]

Charter school proponents to try again next session

JACKSON — A year ago, even some opponents of charter schools expected a bill to pass. But some majority Republicans balked, killing the bill in the House. So proponents redoubled their efforts, trying to build support for widening the rules that allow alternative public schools run by outside groups. Now they will try again. “I […] [...]

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