Archive - Jan 24, 2013 - News Article
What has happened to our nation? Why has gun violence gotten so out of control? Is it the lack of prayer, federal laws that are way too lenient, a lack of parental control â€“ what could it be?
Whatever it is that is causing an increase in gun violence it is also causing the federal government to pay much closer attention and has prompted federal officials to take immediate action before incidents of gun violence escalate beyond the control of authorities.
The last legislative session at the state capitol was marked by the failure to get a charter schools bill out of committee and onto the floor for a vote.
Since that time, the largely Republican-backed education agenda has been at the forefront of just about every major speech delivered by Gov. Phil Bryant. The party and the supporters of charter schools made it their mission to galvanize support and get the bill, not only to the floor for a vote this session, but to also get it passed.
District 37 Representative Gary Chism has been a proponent of charter schools since the idea was first brought to the state capitol.
Chism sees charter schools, not as a fix-all for the stateâ€™s education problems, but rather as a chance for parents and students in â€śfailingâ€ť school districts to have new opportunities in education.
â€śThe current bill is going to be very limited,â€ť Chism said of the House bill that passed Thursday morning, which is different from the Senate bill that was passed last week. â€śIt will only allow for 15 charter schools to be created each year.â€ť
It is probably one of the most contentious issues that the Mississippi legislature has dealt with in decades.
Right now, the Senate and the House of Representatives are debating as to whether the state should expand â€śschool choiceâ€ť for parents and allow more charter schools to exist, especially in failing districts.
The House did not leave the capitol until the early hours of Thursday morning, but the divided body finally put the current bill to a vote, passing it 64-55.