- Analysis: Jackson Public Schools faces a hard sell to avoid takeover
- > Sep 13, 5:17 AM: State oversight officials had placed JPS on probation for a host of violations, such as classrooms where no instruction appeared to be taking place, improper maintenance of buildings, including a lack of fire
- Charter approved for Mississippi Delta will be first outside of Jackson
- Sep 12, 5:09 AM: It was quick work Monday as the Mississippi Charter Authorizer Board approved the opening of the state’s first rural charter school.
- Mississippi Delta charter finalist approaches finish line
- Sep 1, 5:32 AM: A subcommittee of the state’s Charter School Authorizer Board is backing one of two proposed charter schools for the Mississippi Delta.
- Analysis: Financial questions for 2 of 3 charter finalists
- > Aug 15, 6:42 AM: Decision time is drawing near for Mississippi's Charter School Advisory Board. While a proposed school in Clarksdale has an impressive list of supporters, those who want to open schools in Canton and Drew may face
- Private schools see textbook funds cut from state budget
- Aug 15, 5:45 AM: Cuts in the Mississippi Department of Education are having an effect on private schools. These cuts could cost some schools hundreds of thousands of dollars.
- Metro Jackson receiving most special education vouchers
- Aug 15, 4:55 AM: The bulk of the students participating in the special needs scholarship program, the state’s largest school choice effort, continues to come from the three-county metro Jackson area.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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