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Reformers take issue with county charter schools

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OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (FOX13) -

They call themselves DeSoto County Reform, they are parents and grandparents who have taken issue with DeSoto County Schools on a number of things. The next of which will be charter schools.

"You know I wouldn't argue that DeSoto County Schools aren't the best in the state of Mississippi as far as performance goes,' said Andrea Hodges of Olive Branch. "That argument was never made by me, but you have to look outside at it from outside the box because you are in the county in the entire state which is trying to pass this bill, and it's really telling that you are satisfied to be the best of the worst, I would strive to be better."

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As a group they are openly critical of DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Milton Kuykendall and his administration and his stance that charter schools would increase taxes in the county.

"Because I feel like the money is there if you don't have someone managing the funds correctly and being allocated properly that's a problem, so I don't feel like charter schools, the tax increase would come from the continuous drain of money from the state even though the money has been given to them," said Heather Fox, DeSoto County Reform member.

If charter schools aren't voted in the county look for candidates sponsored by DeSoto County Reform to start popping up.

"We just need to make sure that we start getting people to run against because here, is what happening, Superintendent Kuykendall, nobody has run against him the last three times," Fox said.

While this group is taking issue with Superintendent Kuykendall and his administration, they say they are not taking issue with the teachers.

"I never thought it was a teacher issue, I don't think that at all," Fox added. "I think their full potential could be met if the administration didn't try to teach the children to test."

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