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Three Charter Schools Advance to Final Evaluation Step
Jul 19, 7:00 AM: Three charter schools advanced to the final stage of the application process this month, and now an independent four-person evaluation team will review the full proposals from three groups looking to open charter schools in Canton, >
Struggling schools fail to apply for millions in federal grants
Jun 29, 5:57 AM: Only about 1 in 5 school districts with the neediest and lowest-performing schools in the state applied for a federal grant that could have given these schools a financial boost.
56 students might have left charters last year. Why?
Jun 22, 6:04 AM: Since passage of the Mississippi Charter Schools Act, hundreds of families have left Jackson Public Schools to test the waters of the independent school system.
Delta Charter granted stay, allowed to open with current enrollment
Jun 15, 6:51 AM: A federal judge granted a stay Wednesday, allowing Delta Charter School to delay enrollment restrictions until the 2018-19 school year, clearing the way for the school to open in the fall with its entire current student body.
Empower MS ramps up school choice crusade
Jun 12, 5:36 AM: Empower Mississippi, a nonprofit that advocates for charter schools and using state funds toward private school tuition, is ramping up its proselytism for choice.
4 charter school proposals move ahead in Miss.
Jun 7, 6:39 AM: The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board on Monday approved four new school proposals for further consideration.
State sued for failing to meet needs of black students
May 24, 6:43 AM: Mississippi is violating terms of its re-admittance to the Union after the Civil War by not providing an equitable education for black students, according to arguments made in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court for the >
Some on Mississippi school board seek to run new district
Apr 21, 5:59 AM: Some members of Mississippi's state Board of Education want direct control over a statewide school district that will take charge of faltering local schools and districts.
Is local tax support OK for charter schools? Court to decide.
Apr 5, 5:58 AM: Attorneys challenging the constitutionality of channeling taxpayer dollars to Mississippi’s charter schools volleyed oral arguments in a Hinds County courtroom Tuesday morning with lawyers defending Mississippi's current way of >
Hundreds rally for voice in ed funding rewrite
Mar 17, 6:57 AM: Hundreds of public school advocates rallied in the rotunda of the Capitol on Thursday to demand to be in on the rewrite of Mississippi’s education funding formula — a process that thus far has remained closely guarded at the >
JPS Shrinks as Charters Pull Students, Money
Mar 16, 6:02 AM: In Dr. Freddrick Murray's view, Jackson Public Schools has to be proactive to get in front of the myriad problems the district faces, from decreasing enrollment and funding at most levels to maintaining the district's 60 schools and >
School choice in Miss.: Many fights, few students so far
Mar 13, 6:39 AM: Between the state’s three charter schools and two programs that pay for children with learning disabilities to attend private schools, fewer than 1,000 students are being served this year. There are 482,000 students in traditional >
Senate approves dyslexia scholarship expansion
Mar 9, 7:11 AM: Supporters have argued that the measure provides an opportunity to students in need of services, who might otherwise not be able to attend a school with dyslexia-specific instruction.
Dyslexia bill moves forward, would expand school choice
Feb 24, 6:21 AM: Students diagnosed with dyslexia attending schools near Mississippi’s border, such as DeSoto County, could receive taxpayer support to cross state lines for services, if House Bill 1406 becomes law.
Rules governing Miss. schools could change significantly
Feb 21, 6:24 AM: Among proposals still alive in the 2017 Legislature are measures to limit the number of statewide and districtwide testing days, require 17-year-olds to stay in school, and require a district taken over by the state to achieve a “C” >
Reeves: More work to do with school choice in Miss.
Jan 25, 6:24 AM: Amid the background of hundreds of charter school students and special needs voucher recipients decked in matching yellow scarves — symbolic of school choice — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves told attendees that Mississippi has “significantly >
Trump’s ed pick: A Mississippi school choice connection
Jan 16, 8:30 AM: Lately DeVos has gained attention as chairman of the American Federation for Children, an organization that bankrolls candidates who support school choice. And while few Mississippians aside from policy wonks and educators may know >
Teacher merit pay changes proposed
Jan 9, 6:58 AM: Mississippi teachers might see merit pay next year under the state's "School Recognition Program," but a proposed House bill would change how such pay is determined.
Report: Fund charter school board in regular budget process
Dec 30, 7:42 AM: Mississippi should change how its funds its charter school agency, a report from a legislative watchdog agency said.
Report calls for more charter school funding
Dec 28, 7:27 AM: The state Legislature's watchdog committee recommends lawmakers provide more money for charter schools, or at least the board that oversees them.



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