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MDE policy limits virtual learning options for Tupelo Schools during 2021-22 school year
Aug 6, 1:00 PM: When it comes to providing flexible virtual learning options for students during the 2021-22 school year, school districts like Tupelo’s have far fewer options than during the previous year.
These Mississippi schools never returned to in-person learning. Here’s what happened.
Jun 9, 8:10 AM: But the longer his school stayed exclusively virtual, the more his grades suffered. By this spring, the end of a full academic year of distance learning, he had failed the second grade despite attempts by his mom to get >
Reeves still silent as Board of Education vacancies again stall key votes
May 12, 5:52 AM: The nine-member State Board of Education is currently operating with only five members, and soon to be four after a longtime member rolls off next month. The low numbers means any time one board member must recuse him or >
‘I Used to Like School’: An 11-Year-Old’s Struggle With Pandemic Learning
May 5, 7:57 AM: A disproportionate number of those disengaged students are lower-income Black, Latino and Native American children who have struggled to keep up in classrooms that are partly or fully remote, for reasons ranging from poor >
Mississippi charter school leader calls renewal process unfair, an ‘injustice’
Apr 20, 6:25 AM: Operators of a Jackson charter school say the board overseeing charter schools in the state did not take into account the most recent data and denied them due process when considering the school’s contract renewal. >
Bill ensures school funding after attendance decreases during pandemic
Mar 11, 7:12 AM: Legislators passed a bill that ensures schools won’t face severe budget cuts due to inconsistencies in student attendance because of the pandemic last year.
Commentary: Lessons Learned From Reopening a School During COVID-19
Jan 27, 7:23 AM: A Mississippi charter school’s decision to offer in-person learning hinged heavily on a desire for equity. Its experience offers insight for others looking to do the same.
Charter schools receive taxpayer dollars. Should their board members follow state ethics laws?
Jan 21, 7:59 AM: The Mississippi Ethics Commission says charter school board members are subject to state ethics laws, which prohibit conflicts of interest that could lead to the misspending of public dollars.
Mississippi Special-Needs Vouchers Used More in Metro Areas
Dec 29, 7:54 AM: Many children using special-needs vouchers in Mississippi the past two years came from metro areas where more private or parochial schools are available than in rural areas.
Mississippi special-needs voucher use: These 5 public school districts lose most students
Dec 28, 8:14 AM: Many children using special-needs vouchers in Mississippi the past two years came from metro areas where more private or parochial schools are available than in rural areas.
‘One of the greatest Mississippians’: Former Gov. William Winter remembered by friends, dignitaries
Dec 21, 9:23 AM: "The only road out of poverty runs past the schoolhouse door,” Winter famously said as he championed the Education Reform Act of 1982, heralded at the time as the most significant state education legislation since >
Officials excited as Mississippi Co. high school set to become charter school
Dec 14, 8:10 AM: New educational opportunities are coming for some Mississippi County students. The Rivercrest School District announced beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the high school will become a conversion charter school. >
There are 23,000 fewer students enrolled in Mississippi public schools this year. It’s unclear where they went.
Dec 3, 7:21 AM: More than 23,000 fewer students are enrolled in Mississippi public schools this year than last year, and a spokesperson for the state Department of Education did not answer when asked where the students went. >
Report questions why underperforming charter school was renewed
Dec 2, 8:03 AM: In April, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board issued a three-year renewal contract to Midtown Public Charter School in Jackson — despite the fact the school has not exceeded a ‘D’ rating since it first opened >
Key education groups call Gov. Reeves’ budget priorities hypocritical, ‘extremely disappointing’
Nov 19, 6:51 AM: As COVID-19 cases in students and teachers hit their highest point yet and schools across the state are forced to close their doors, educators received an additional blow this week from Gov. Tate Reeves.
Mississippi governor proposes $3M ‘Patriotic Education Fund’ to combat ‘indoctrination’ from ‘far-Left socialist teachings’
Nov 18, 1:46 PM: Students in the state of Mississippi will be taught "the American Way" if Gov. Tate Reeves gets his way.
Column: Learning pods, microschools and more: Parents seek options, innovation amid pandemic
Nov 6, 7:44 AM:

With parents in droves reclaiming their role as education decisionmakers, they have also provided a powerful reminder that they are their children’s best and most invested advocates and that their satisfaction matters. >

Canton’s first charter school will open in 2022
Oct 20, 5:16 AM: The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board last week approved SR1’s application to open the SR1 College Preparatory and STEM Academy. The school will serve kindergarten and first grade in its opening year, then expand >
Editorial: Charter schools
Oct 19, 8:28 AM: Mississippi’s experiment with charter schools has put Clarksdale in the laboratory of testing a new business model or framework for education. This community is getting to see firsthand the success of this novel education >
A Mississippi teacher alternates between two groups of students, and she knows one is falling behind
Sep 28, 7:38 AM: Danielle Whittington teaches 40 fourth-grade students each day but she has not met all of them in person. In her hybrid classroom, 15 are at home, and the rest are in school — and, she says, she is worried that the two >



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