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SB 2189 - Expands Charter School Authorization - Key Vote

Mississippi Key Votes

Rita Parks voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (31-17) - (Key vote)

Title: Expands Charter School Authorization

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass bill that authorizes local school districts to establish public charter schools, effective immediately.

Highlights:
  • Establishes an independent 7-member Mississippi Public Charter School Authorizing Board to authorize and supervise public charter schools (Sec. 5).
  • Defines “public charter schools” as public schools that include, but are not limited to, the following characteristics (Secs. 3 & 8):
    • Have autonomy over decisions including finance, personnel, scheduling, curriculum, and instruction;
    • Are governed by an independent governing board;
    • Are not mandatory;
    • Are nonprofit organizations; and
    • Do not charge tuition.
  • Requires the authorizing board to receive a majority vote from the local school board in order to authorize a public charter school in districts with an “A” or “B” rating (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes public non-charter schools to apply to become public charter schools (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits private schools and affiliated private school groups from becoming public charter schools (Sec. 2).
  • Requires public charter schools’ enrollment composition of  “underserved students” to be proportionally at least 80% of that in the school district in which the charter schools are located (Sec. 4).
  • Defines “underserved student” as a student who has an “economic or academic disadvantage” including, but not limited to, the following circumstances (Sec. 3):
    • The student is a member of an economically disadvantaged family;
    • The student has special education needs;
    • The student is limited in English proficiency; or
    • The student does not meet minimum academic proficiency standards.
  • Requires public charter schools to create performance guidelines within their contract including, but not limited to (Sec. 7):
    • Student academic proficiency and growth;
    • Attendance;
    • Postsecondary readiness for high schools; and
    • Financial performance and sustainability.
  • Requires public charter schools’ contracts to be revoked if the charter schools are rated “F” for 3 consecutive years, unless the charter schools demonstrate “exceptional circumstances” as determined by the authorizing board (Sec. 7).
  • Exempts at most 25 percent of teachers in a public charter school from being state certified when the initial charter application is approved and requires such teachers to have completed an  alternative teacher certification within 3 years of the date of application approval (Sec. 8).
  • Requires the State Department of Education to pay the public charter schools an amount for each student equal to the share the department would pay the school district in which the student resides (Sec. 9).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Expands Charter School Authorization

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