Speaker Gunn did show on one central issue in this session a bit more flexibility than is often the case these days in our polarized legislative bodies. He wanted a broader, more sweeping charter school bill than the Legislature eventually approved. But he gauged the membership and knew what was possible.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and the Senate wanted more than the House was willing to give. Gunn made the matter a simple choice: Do you want to get something passed, or do want to go down in flames with your purity of purpose intact?
Lawmaking is about compromise and consensus, the speaker preached – a sentiment that used to be self-evident but that has given way to insistence on all-or-nothing in so many circumstances.
Gunn was insistent that the charter school legislation that emerged from House-Senate negotiations could actually pass the House. That meant he and other charter school supporters didn’t get everything they wanted, but they got much more than they would have otherwise. Legislative compromise – what a concept.
- LG Reeves bypasses Speaker Gunn and throws a dinner party for House Democrats. (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- Breaking: Compromise charter schools bill passes House, heads to Senate. (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- MBJ: Reeves risks blame if charter schools bill fails. (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- Senate agrees to House version of charter schools, full vote ahead. (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- Proposed New Charter School Will Foster Cultural and Language Learning (prweb.com)
- Young Talks Charter Schools (wtok.com)