Republican Rep. Halsey Beshears Defends Charters, But With Reservations

Jul 6, 2017

This week we’re talking with local lawmakers about this year’s legislative session.

Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, has represented District 7 since 2012. He supported controversial and sweeping education reforms because he believes charter school expansion could help Jefferson County's repeatedly failing schools.

Jim Ash speaks with Republican Halsey Beshears of Monticello, who represents House District 7. The mostly rural district touches part of Leon and takes in nine counties, including Jefferson.  

Beshears says he supported sweeping and controversial education reforms to help Jefferson’s failing schools, but not without reservations.

Meanwhile, the Broward County School Board voted this week to mount a legal challenge and other districts are weighing their options.