Senate agrees to House bill on charter schools - - Jackson, MS

Senate agrees to House bill on charter schools

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Faced with repeated warnings that changes could jeopardize support, Mississippi senators have agreed to the House version of a bill to expand charter schools.

An agreement between the House and Senate was filed 20 minutes before an 8 p.m. deadline Monday to work out differences between the chambers.

The House bill would allow a seven-member board to create up to 15 charter schools a year. Boards in districts rated A, B and C would get vetoes over charter schools in their boundaries, and no student would be allowed to cross district lines to attend a charter school in another district. That bar on crossing district lines could impede the creation of charter schools in districts with fewer students.

Charter schools and their management companies would have to be nonprofit entities.

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