- Judge: Charter School Funding Constitutional
- Feb 22, 6:06 AM: Mississippi's charter-school law does not violate the state's Constitution, Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled almost a year after getting the case.
- Can a Mississippi charter school grow kids by several grade levels in 1 year?
- > Feb 19, 6:32 AM: Since its 2015 opening, Reimagine has twice been rated a D on the state’s accountability system. Charters are established by a contract between the charter operator or founder and the state Charter Authorizer Board. And one of the
- Judge upholds Mississippi’s charter school law
- Feb 14, 6:13 AM: Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled that diversions of local property taxes to charter schools are acceptable, and that the schools don’t need to be overseen by a local or state superintendent.
- Back-door voucher proposal dead in Senate, lieutenant governor points finger at House
- Feb 9, 6:07 AM: A Senate proposal to expand a state program financing the education of children in private schools, and one of the 2018 session's most controversial measures, died without debate Thursday.
- Funding the ‘School Choice’ Lobby
- > Feb 8, 5:43 AM: In just one year, the Mississippi Legislature has gone from slightly tweaking its voucher program for students with dyslexia to a push to allow any public-school student to apply for a taxpayer-funded voucher to use at a private
- Mississippi ranks 6th in nation for strong charter school laws, report says
- Feb 7, 6:13 AM: Mississippi has the 6th strongest charter school laws in the nation, according to a report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
- School choice out of favor — Lincoln County locals dislike voucher system
- Feb 5, 6:32 AM: The Mississippi Senate is working through a piece of legislation that could drastically broaden the state’s school voucher program.
- School choice voucher push dies (for now) in House, alive in Senate
- Jan 31, 5:55 AM: The Senate Education Committee moved forward Tuesday legislation expanding access to the state’s voucher program, setting the stage for a state-supported exodus of thousands of children from public schools.
- School choice lobbyist Grant Callen carries heavy influence in Mississippi politics
- > Jan 29, 6:07 AM: Callen, the founder of Empower Mississippi, a nonprofit school choice organization, can often be seen walking the halls of the Capitol armed with a portfolio of fact sheets, delivering the same message. His footwork — and the
- Will voucher bills give private schools state aid with no accountability to taxpayers?
- > Jan 24, 7:02 AM: Reasoning that children in underperforming districts deserve an escape hatch, top lawmakers were eager during a school choice rally at the Capitol on Tuesday to tout their support of providing state funds for education options
- Bills offer universal vouchers for kindergarteners, first-graders, foster children
- Jan 22, 7:10 AM: Parents of children entering kindergarten could elect to never enroll their children in public school and instead receive state aid to attend private school, if House Bill 1339 or Senate Bill 2623 becomes law.
- The Push to Expand Vouchers in 2018
- > Jan 18, 6:59 AM: The meeting foreshadows a potential fight this year in the statehouse over the expansion of vouchers in Mississippi, which means that lawmakers might allow more public funds to flow to private schools. Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt.
- Poll: Miss. parents support school choice
- Jan 11, 8:00 AM: In a state that often ranks last in public education, a recent poll of voters found an overwhelming amount of support for education savings accounts and hence education choices.
- Parents know best? Lawmakers hear pitch for school choice for all
- Jan 10, 5:46 AM: A hearing on Tuesday foreshadowed the emotional debate lawmakers will face as they consider increasing the number of students who receive state funds to attend private schools.
- Court ruling will determine if Legislature needs to address charter schools
- > Dec 26, 6:51 AM: The lawsuit contends that the way charter schools are funded in the state is unconstitutional. It points to two sections in the Mississippi constitution that say a school district’s ad valorem taxes – or local funding – may only be
- JPS avoids state takeover, again
- > Dec 15, 6:48 AM: The state Board of Education on Thursday backed away from a proposal to place Jackson Public Schools into the state’s new Achievement School District, a legislative mandate aimed at improving underperforming school districts by
- Governor proposes increase for special needs vouchers
- > Dec 6, 6:22 AM: The Mississippi Legislature, dealing with sluggish revenue collections and two years of budget cuts, is being asked by Gov. Phil Bryant to triple the amount of money for a program that provides vouchers or scholarships for special
- "There is no fight" : MDE, JPS work together for new start
- > Nov 15, 7:07 AM: The Mississippi Department of Education might not have a seat on the "Better Together Commission," the coalition tasked with spearheading a transformation of Jackson Public Schools, but the agency will still play a prominent role in
- For These Families, the School Choice Fight Isn’t Just Political – It’s Personal
- > Nov 14, 8:19 AM: The public school system in the Mississippi capital of Jackson is in crisis. A damning investigative audit released in August found the Jackson Public School district - known as JPS - in violation of 24 out of the 32 standards that