Education bill dead, but resurrected - - Jackson, MS

Dead education bill resurrected

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The big education bill that covers everything from charter schools and merit pay, to school takeovers and literacy improvements died Tuesday. But Wednesday, it rose from the dead.

"You know we're in the Easter season and we're still in session. Bills die and are resurrected around here until you hit that gavel, sine die, and it's all over," says Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville.

Holland says House Democrats don't like all the educational measures stuffed into one bill. They want to see the components separated out for individual votes, especially the measure to make it easier for Mississippi to establish charter schools. Holland doesn't support charter schools, and if that can't be voted on separately, he says the entire bill stands to die permanently.

"We invited conference so three members of the house can be appointed, three members of senate can be appointed, they can work, bring us a bill back by the deadline that will be a true compromise of all the educational subjects," Holland said.

A spokesperson for Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves' office reminds us that House Bill 890 is not the only education reform bill. There are plenty of bills covering various aspects of education that are also still alive in the legislature. 

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