A Republican legislator, Forrest Hamilton of Olive Branch, Mississippi,  explained to the local Chamber of Commerce why he opposed charter school legislation in the session just ended.

He said, “The most important vote I made in the past nine years was my vote in the Education Committee against the charter schools bill,” Hamilton told the gathering. “I said, ‘who are these people who want to put charter schools in the Delta?’ We couldn’t find out who it was.”

Another Republican representative said it was fine to put charter schools in low-performing districts but the proposed bill would have put them everywhere, without specifying who would run them. And the successful districts did not want to lose money to charters.