Mississippi House of Representatives Votes to Expand Access to Charter Schools

Mississippi House of Representatives Votes to Expand Access to Charter Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed , a bill that would amend the Mississippi Charter Schools Act of 2013. Sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chair Gray Tollison, the legislation would give more students the ability to attend a charter school.

“Every child deserves a school that fits their unique learning needs, and parents deserve the freedom to seek out those schools. This bill that expands access to public charter schools will help make these life-changing options available to more Mississippi families,” said ExcelinEd in Action Executive Director Patricia Levesque. “We thank the House of Representatives for their support in building educational opportunities for Mississippi students.”

The bill will now be sent back to the Senate to concur with the changes made by the House of Representatives.

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About SB 2161:

  • Charter schools would be open to any student who resides in a school district within the state of Mississippi that has received a rating of C, D or F.
  • Conversion charter schools would have the option to lease or buy the school district facility housing the conversion charter school.
  • The legislation offers other technical changes regarding funding, teacher retirement and academic standards.

Background on Charters:

  • As defined in federal and state law, charter schools are public schools.
  • Like traditional public schools, charters are tuition free and open to all students; publicly funded by local, state, and federal tax dollars based on enrollment; and held accountable for meeting state academic standards.
  • Charters are approved, funded, and overseen by a government-endorsed authorizing entity, just as traditional public schools are overseen by a school district.