The Mississippi House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on House Bill 888, the Public Charter School bill. It is scheduled to be considered in committee on Wednesday, and could come before the full House of Representatives as early as this Thursday. The Tea Party believes that the opponents of charter schools are working hard to stop the push for school choice, and are pressuring legislators to vote against it, or amend it to severely weaken it. The opponents of the bill are pushing an amendment to keep charter schools out of “successful” districts. The Tea Party believes that even in so-called successful school districts, there are some children that are not succeeding. They believe that in many cases a smaller school setting, the unique focus, and the stronger discipline of a charter school could help students succeed, and the parents of those children shouldn’t be prohibited from sending them to a nearby charter school.
The Mississippi Tea Party believes that charter schools should be allowed in any district where there is sufficient demand. And that demand should be measured by the parents’ interest, not by the predictions of school district leaders who fear competition. Here are some key points about charter schools:
-A charter school is a public school that is created to meet students educational needs in unique ways
-A charter school is given some freedom from rules and regulations that public schools have to follow. In exchange for that freedom, a charter school is held to a higher standard of achievement and accountability.
-If a charter school succeeds, it remains open, if it does not succeed, it closes
-No student or teacher is assigned to a charter school by a district. Parents choose to send their kids, and teachers choose whether or not to apply to teach there
-Charter schools should be allowed everywhere, and not limited to the worst performing districts
I am in favor of what is in the best interest of the children, and if charter schools can do the job that the traditional schools can’t, then I am all for it. In today’s ever changing world, education is a must, and every parent should at least have the option of sending their child/children to a charter school.