Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison has officially introduced SB 2401, the Mississippi Public Charter School Act of 2012. Although other legislators have introduced charter legislation during this session, it is near certain that this bill will be the one that will work its way through the legislature.
In the coming days, we will provide you with additional information about the bill. In the meantime, we can share the following details:
- This bill will allow for the conversion of traditional public schools, the creation of new or “start-up” charter schools, and the establishment of virtual charter schools.
- The bill establishes the Mississippi Public Charter School Authorizer Board, an independent state agency that will serve as the single authorizer for charter schools in the state.
- If signed into law, the board will formally meet after September 1st, and a request for proposals (charter applications) will be publicized by December 1st.
More information will be coming soon, specifically an analysis of this bill based on the recommendations from our 2010 white paper.