Choosing Your Child’s School: Skipping School Districts for Charter Schools Now Legal

JACKSON, MISS– Governor Phil Bryant has signed SB 2161 into law, allowing you to skip school district lines to take your child to a charter school to better fit his or her needs. 

If you live in a “C”, “D”, or “F” rated school district, you could drive your child to a charter school in another district. Right now, only two charter schools exist in the state and both are in Jackson. But with this bill, more charter schools will be able to open in districts across the state without interference from local administration if that district has poor ratings.

“By allowing students to cross district lines, charter schools will now be able to open in high-need areas, such as the Delta, where the small size of many of the school districts has made the creation of a charter school virtually impossible,” says Grant Callen, founder and President of Empower Mississippi.