Mayor & Former Governor: Jackson's Best Days Are Ahead
Jackson Mayor & Former MS Governor talk about City of Jackson problems, including charter schools.
Mississippi's capital city faces a shrinking population, an aging infrastructure and other challenges, but the mayor and a former governor say they believe Jackson's best days are ahead.
Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and former Gov. Haley Barbour spoke to more than 500 people Thursday at a fundraiser for Operation Shoestring, a nonprofit group that does education and mentoring programs for low-income young people in central Jackson.
Democrat Lumumba and Republican Barbour agreed on many points, but politely disagreed on one - charter schools. Charters receive public money but are free from some regulations.
Lumumba says he's suspicious of anything that could take money away from traditional public schools.
Barbour says charter schools offer innovation.
Some alumni say they might propose converting Jackson's academically struggling Lanier High into a charter school.
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