Charter Schools Action Alert: Contact Your Representative!
The Education Committee of the Mississippi House of Representatives will be voting THIS MONDAY OR TUESDAY on whether to allow charter public schools in Mississippi. The deadline for action in committee is Tuesday, April 3, and if it is approved by the committee, the full House of Representatives will have until April 11 to pass it.
Many representatives who were expected to support the bill are wilting under the pressure being applied by the education establishment. They need to hear from you!
The opponents of charter schools are working diligently to stop the push for school choice. They are pressuring legislators to vote against this bill, or to amend it in ways that severely weaken it. Your Representatives need to hear from folks who support more public school options for Mississippi families!
Use the House roster to find your Representative (or call the Capitol switchboard at (601) 359-3770) today and urge him or her to VOTE YES on Senate Bill 2401, the Public Charter Schools bill! If your representative is not on the Education Committee, encourage them to ask their colleagues who are on the committee to approve the bill and give the full House a chance to vote on it.
KEY POINTS ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS:
A charter school is a public school that is created to meet students’ educational needs in unique ways.
Charter public schools are given freedom from some rules and regulations that traditional public schools have to follow. In exchange for that freedom, a charter school is held to a high standard of achievement and accountability.
If a charter school succeeds, it continues to operate; if it does not succeed, it closes.
No students or teachers are assigned to a charter school by a school district. Parents choose to send their children, and teachers choose whether to apply to a charter school to teach there.
Charter schools should be allowed everywhere and not limited to the worst performing districts.
For more information about charter schools, visit our Charter School F.A.Q. at ParentPower.net
Use the House roster to find your Representative (or call the Capitol switchboard at (601) 359-3770) today and urge him or her to VOTE YES on the Charter School bill!
Also, please write letters to the editor of your local newspaper, post your support on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or in the comments section under news articles about charter schools.