- Fate of operator’s future charter schools depends on accountability results
- Sep 11, 6:07 AM: Mississippi’s sixth charter school was approved to open next school year, and the question of whether to open three others has been postponed until October.
- MDE announces lottery for special needs scholarship program applications
- Aug 29, 5:42 AM: The Mississippi Department of Education announced plans today for a lottery on August 30 to award approximately 47 Education Scholarship Accounts for the 2018-19 school year.
- Analysis: Appeal over charter school funding heats up
- > Aug 27, 6:14 AM: Chancery court was never going to be anything but the first round in a lawsuit over how Mississippi’s charter schools are funded. Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled in February that diversions of local property taxes
- Charter school lawsuit draws support from 3 education groups
- Aug 24, 6:09 AM: A Mississippi school district and two education organizations are throwing their support behind an ongoing legal battle that argues charter schools are unconstitutional because of the way they are funded.
- Charter schools on the slow rise in Mississippi
- > Aug 8, 7:01 AM: Since 1992, charter schools have been developing around the country in an effort to give parents additional choices for their child’s education. Charter schools are free, do not have admission requirements, and parents and students
- Bryant signs off on on takeover of Noxubee County Schools
- Jul 26, 5:41 AM: Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday issued a proclamation declaring the Noxubee County School District in a state of emergency, a move that allows the state to take over the 1,600-student school system.
- Clarksdale Collegiate, the state’s first rural charter school, readies for opening day
- > Jul 25, 5:48 AM: But before getting to this point, school leaders had to tackle a few major hurdles including winning over community members and getting buy-in from parents, finding a home for the school, figuring out transportation routes and
- Noxubee County has failed students': Board asks Gov. to declare state of emergency
- > Jul 20, 5:43 AM: Faced with a looming takeover, the school board president for the Noxubee County School District on Thursday tried to walk back the district's request for financial assistance that ultimately spurred the state Board of Education to
- Column: Mississippi charter school needs to release emails to public
- > Jul 16, 6:38 AM: The charter sector in Mississippi is in its infancy. Although the state has technically had a charter school law on the books for more than 20 years, only five applications have been approved with three schools currently
- Commentary: Flawed accounting of our public schools
- > Jul 13, 5:20 AM: Schools that receive high marks presumably are moving students forward, while schools that receive low ratings are defined as inadequate or failing and threatened with a state takeover. On closer inspection, however, the connection
- Charter school board OKs four groups for final selection round
- > Jul 10, 6:14 AM: Independent evaluators with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers reviewed each group’s proposal and deemed three “substantially inadequate”: Girls Club and Learning Center, KMartin Group and Mississippi Community
- Editorial: Educational partnership opens path to diplomas
- Jul 9, 4:20 AM: Leaders from the Mississippi Department of Education and the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning worked together to streamline student transitions from high school to college.
- Group seeks support vs. charter school
- Jul 6, 7:00 AM: An organization is planning a lawsuit to challenge whether public school monies can be used to fund the Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School, which is scheduled to open for its initial school year later this month.
- Attorney general asked to weigh in on JPS superintendent finalists
- > Jul 5, 5:24 AM: Board Vice President Ed Sivak said trustees have asked the attorney general’s office to make sure the finalists’ out-of-state experience meets the guidelines of a 2017 law that requires aspiring school chiefs to have six years of
- Public schools, colleges unite to streamline degrees
- > Jun 28, 5:06 AM: On Monday, the Mississippi Department of Education and the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning announced a partnership that will provide new opportunities for high school students to earn both college course credit and
- 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