TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The leader of a state education group explained Friday to the Tupelo Kiwanis Club the legislative proposals she believes will help schools in the Magnolia State improve.
Nancy Loome is the executive director of the Parents' Campaign.
The group bills itself as a non-profit grassroots network of 62,000 parents and school supporters committed to improving Mississippi's public education.
One proposal the group supports is charter schools.
"We believe that charter schools can be helpful where we have chronically under-performing schools," said Loome. "It's very important that the legislation be written well to make sure that the charter schools that we attract to Mississippi are high performing. We do not need anymore failing schools in Mississippi."
Loome added that virtual charter schools and profit charter schools shoud be prohibited.
The charter school bill still rests in the hands of the Legislature.
The Parents' Campaign sees a need for a longer school day for students in order to catch up globally with other nations such as Japan.
"Perhaps we could extend the school day about half an hour or so and then maybe add a couple of days to the school year and distribute it just a little differently and see some progress incrementally there," said Loome.
She would like to see the Legislature require schools of education in the state require a higher college entrance score, such as a 21 on the ACT. She believes that would attract a higher quality teacher.
Loome said that a recent Harvard study shows Mississippi making progress, ranking 13th in the nation in improvement in student acheivement.
However, she said, the state still ranks near the bottom in most other categories.