House & Senate Ed Committee Members Presented Charter Bill

At a December 12, 2012 joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees, members heard a description of a charter school bill proposed by Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison. The bill, as presented, contains a number of provisions that are extremely worrisome. Similar provisions have contributed to a disproportionate number of charter school failures in other states. The bill:

Click here to see The Parents’ Campaign’s Seven Principles for Sound Charter School Policy.

Chairman Tollison stated that the bill is a work in progress and encouraged feedback. You can contact Chairman Tollison’s capitol office at 601-359-3244, and you can contact him at work in Oxford at 662-234-7070.

Recently, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) launched a campaign encouraging states to tighten lax charter school laws that have resulted in a disproportionate number of charter school failures. NACSA’s press release stated, “Many authorizers are, in fact, getting it right – and those are the ones with the best schools, including many that are educating high numbers of at-risk students. But too many others are making decisions too influenced by politics, faulty analysis, and bad laws.” Read more about this effort.

I couldn’t agree more. With your help, Mississippi can avoid wasting taxpayer dollars on more failing schools by writing tight charter school legislation that focuses on what the research says works and avoids what clearly doesn’t.

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