Passage of an important education bill, especially historic legislation such as the charter bill, is always a moment to celebrate but rarely a moment to declare victory. In reality, the work for Mississippi is just beginning. We believe that charter schools can provide great public schools for children who are not lucky enough to attend our state’s best traditional public schools. But this depends on whether Mississippi can make good on the bill’s promise.
Mississippi’s highest performing students score 50th-51st when compared to other highest-performing students across the nation. These numbers were taken when looking at the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scale scores of the students in each state who scored in the 75th percentile.
Let’s give our children a chance to achieve their dreams. Let’s give them — all of them — among the nation’s best education. Only when that is accomplished should we be satisfied.
Right now, we are losing these children. Our dropout rate is 40 percent – a horrible figure. One size does not fit all. Let’s create some new sizes.
Please be sure to contact your legislator today and encourage them to vote in favor of the Charter Schools Bill before the vote this afternoon!
Charter schools are public schools that are given autonomy from certain administrative burdens in return for a promise of higher academic performance and student achievement.