- Mississippi Department of Education announces plans to award new special needs scholarship accounts
- Jun 13, 7:56 AM: They’ve been wait-listed for the education scholarship accounts for the last two and a half years, but luck will soon be taken out of the equation and priority will go to families like theirs.
- Activists hear frustration from educators
- > Jun 13, 6:24 AM: Loome and Fitzgerald pointed to the addition of school voucher increases at the end of the session as a prime example. Legislators voted for an education bill that included vouchers to allow special needs children to
- Opinion: State needs innovative teacher training
- May 24, 6:19 AM: It’s no secret that one of the biggest keys to Mississippi’s longterm success is having the best possible corps of teachers in its classrooms.
- Students flourish at this high school. So why is it labeled an F?
- > May 24, 5:20 AM: School leaders have fought these ratings from the beginning, arguing the assessments Davis and her peers prepare for all year should be the ones the Mississippi Department of Education uses to grade the school district,
- Mississippi teacher strike: Poll shows educators support one-day sickout, not extended walk out
- > Apr 23, 5:09 AM: Members of Mississippi’s largest teacher union say they’re more willing to participate in a one-day statewide “sickout” to show their frustration with lawmakers than go on an “indefinite” walkout or strike.
- State-run Achievement School District ready to launch, will take over two Delta districts
- Apr 16, 6:17 AM: Two Delta school districts will be placed under state leadership this summer in Mississippi’s new Achievement School District, set to launch June 1.
- ‘Put up or shut up’: Mississippi teachers mull strike in wake of ‘insulting’ pay raise, secretive voucher funding move
- > Apr 4, 5:36 AM: Lawmakers wrapped up the 2019 legislative session with a $1,500 pay raise for public school teachers, but many are so outraged by the amount that they’re considering a strike — something Mississippi law expressly forbids.
- The Hunt for Vouchers in Mississippi, After All These Years
- > Apr 4, 5:15 AM: Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and others in Republican state leadership secretly slipped $2 million to expand a private-school voucher program into an unrelated funding bill on March 28, even though lawmakers had made
- Mississippi teachers just got a pay raise. Why are they mad?
- Mar 29, 7:42 AM: Saying the state could ill-afford more, Mississippi legislative leaders passed a $1,500 across-the-board pay raise for the state’s teachers and assistants Thursday.
- Mississippi lawmakers shocked they voted for $2 million more in private school vouchers
- > Mar 29, 5:37 AM: Advocates for a controversial school choice program secured a surprise win Thursday, with many lawmakers crying foul that $2 million more for private school tuition vouchers had been secreted into a larger, unrelated bill
- What's going on with Mississippi's teacher pay raise? Here's what we know
- > Mar 28, 5:29 AM: House lawmakers agreed to fund a state employee pay raise on Wednesday, but a standoff between House and Senate negotiators over a controversial school choice program could sink a proposal to raise Mississippi teacher
- House approves bipartisan bill on higher education success
- Mar 21, 6:37 AM: A bipartisan bill that would boost the ability of Colorado’s higher education facilities to help struggling students passed the House yesterday.
- Op-Ed: Kids with autism will suffer without ESA or adequate options for therapy
- Mar 14, 7:32 AM: Sitting on a desk in Rankin County is the one hope a mother had for one of her twin daughters. It’s an Education Scholarship Account application.
- Plan for voucher-like education scholarship accounts is dead
- Mar 5, 7:21 AM: A program that uses public school funds to send children to private schools will see no expansion or other modifications — for now.
- Separate and unequal: For centuries, Mississippi has left its public schools in the hole
- > Feb 22, 8:44 AM: By failing to invest in public education, “we have deprived ourselves of our best minds,” he said. “Many of our kids, black and white, are leaving the state because we have not maintained a high-quality education system.
- Voucher Program Helping Seg Schools Should Go, Education Advocates Say
- > Feb 22, 6:39 AM: On Valentine's Day, a voucher program that subsidizes private schools for special- needs children got the gift of four more years from the Mississippi Senate—even though many private schools in the state do not offer
- How one of the Mississippi’s top high schools innovates in the face of funding cuts
- > Feb 21, 8:39 AM: Housed on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, the school since its founding in 1987 has offered bright teenagers an on-ramp to a college environment paired with advanced STEM (science, technology, engineering
- Teacher shortages force districts to use online education programs
- Feb 21, 7:18 AM: An increasing number of school districts, including West Bolivar, have turned to Edgenuity and programs like it as they face a critical shortage of certified teachers.
- Schools participate in pathway pilot program
- > Feb 15, 6:48 AM: Twenty Mississippi high school districts and community colleges have agreed to participate in a new pilot program that will use customized curriculum developed from a successful private coding academy to “fast track”
- Amended ESA bill passes Senate, heads to House for consideration
- > Feb 15, 6:01 AM: The Education Scholarship Account or “ESA” Bill (Senate Bill 2675) has passed the Mississippi Senate ahead of today’s floor action deadline and is headed to the House for consideration. This is seen as a victory for
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