- Seven groups advance in charter application process
- > Jun 5, 6:13 AM: At a Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board meeting Monday, a handful of schools were granted permission to continue the stringent process of getting a charter school approved. Earlier this year, 16 groups from around the state
- Column: School choice is not a new entitlement. But Pre-K is.
- > Jun 4, 5:01 AM: To be a new entitlement the Legislature would have to appropriate more money for school choice than it already does for K-12 education. Yet school choice does not require more money – it simply proposes that taxpayers get more bang
- More Charters Ahead for Jackson?
- > May 3, 5:17 AM: By August, four of Mississippi's five charter schools will be up and running in the state's capital city. The state's charter wave could continue in the next application cycle, with the highest number of groups wanting to open
- Opinion: School choice simply a cop out
- Mar 12, 5:05 AM: With all the noise about school funding, school choice, vouchers, and teacher shortages, perhaps a look at some fundamentals would be helpful.
- Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?
- > Mar 7, 7:19 AM: The unconventional flurry of both in-person and virtual academics in a school that had never before offered AP physics is part of a broader experiment that experts say could herald the future of education, especially for rural
- Career and Technical Center provides real world experience
- > Feb 28, 6:28 AM: The expansion of the CTE program is part of the Vicksburg Warren School District’s initiative to offer a path for every student after high school whether that is enrolling in college, enlisting in the military or entering the
- 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.