- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi House committee has passed a bill that would allow charter schools to enroll students across district lines. The bill passed out of the House Education Committee Friday without contention.

Charter schools are operated by nonprofit groups separate from other public schools. Senate Bill 2161 would allow them to enroll students from other districts but require them to give enrollment preference to underserved students.

The bill would also allow charter schools to locate in districts with a C academic rating without approval from local school boards. Charter schools currently need local permission to open in districts rated A to C.

Charter school employees would qualify for the state public employee retirement system under the bill.

The bill moves to the full House for more debate.

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