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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 >
#MSLeg: School choice push fizzles out
Feb 6, 6:12 AM: Legislative leaders still have time this session to push for a controversial expansion of a program allowing the use of public money to pay for private education, but there are signs that support for such a move has >
Future unclear for bills to expand education scholarship accounts
Feb 1, 6:14 AM: Public tax dollars being used for private education is at the center of the ongoing school choice debate at the State Capitol. The energy from the scene of yellow scarves, dancing, and calls for more school choice at last >
Special-needs scholarships could be expanded to all students
Jan 30, 6:25 AM: Republican leaders have praised the program since it launched, arguing that parents know what is best for their children and should be able to enroll them where they please.
Gov. Phil Bryant calls for teacher raise, recounts achievements in final State-of-the-State Address
Jan 16, 7:01 AM: Bryant, who once came under fire for calling the state’s public education system an “abysmal failure” offered an optimistic outlook of the state’s academic future during Tuesday’s address, praising the state’s teachers as >
Legislature report highlights problems with private school vouchers
Jan 3, 6:49 AM: In early December, a report released by the PEER, the Mississippi Legislature’s Oversight Agency, outlined inefficiencies in the state’s Education Scholarship Account Program.
Rural high-speed Internet on legislative agenda
Dec 20, 7:17 AM: County consultant Gary Anderson reported to supervisors on activity in Jackson about possible legislation allowing rural electric power associations to provide broadband (Internet) service to its customers.
Opinion: Middle college idea offers great possibilities
Dec 18, 7:38 AM: The concept would share similarities with Tupelo’s current dual enrollment program but would go much deeper, providing students an intentional pathway to earn an associate’s degree before they graduate from high school. >
Column: School choice is smart policy
Dec 3, 5:55 AM: Our families need school choice. The concept is simple: parents direct the tax dollars associated with their child to the best education they can find. Instead of leaving such an important decision up to strangers, we >
Mississippi 23rd In Parent Power Index (CER in the news)
Nov 27, 8:29 AM: A new report places Mississippi in the middle of the pack when it comes to providing parents with additional options in the education of their children.
Apprenticeships and work-based learning help close the skills gap
Nov 16, 6:46 AM: While the Mississippi River Delta region has experienced its share of successes, the region has not seen the same level of economic activity realized across much of the country. In fact, much of the region has failed to >
A-F grading system empowers parents, leads to academic improvement
Oct 25, 5:36 AM: Without transparent information, how can parents celebrate their school’s success or call on school and district leaders to improve academic programs that will lead to student success? The simple answer is they can’t, but >
Greenville schools, Mississippi Valley partner to break down college access barriers
Oct 22, 5:17 AM: Greenville Public Early College High School is one of two early college programs to open in the state this year (the other is at Tougaloo College). This is the first partnership though between a local school district and a >
Mississippi’s first charter high school approved to open in Jackson
Oct 16, 7:18 AM: Two more charter schools were approved to open in the Jackson Public School District Monday, including the state’s first charter high school.
Potential Mississippi Delta Charter School Divides Communities
Oct 4, 5:57 AM: A second charter school could soon be opening in the Mississippi Delta. Charter schools are being seen as both a problem and a solution to the state's educational failures. MPB’s Alexandra Watts reports on how these >
A push to honor school choice law in MS
Sep 26, 4:32 AM: It has now been three years since the Mississippi Legislature approved the establishment of education scholarship accounts (ESAs), however, the program does not appear to be truly taking effect.
Ousted Noxubee superintendent, school board sue to reverse takeover
Sep 25, 6:18 AM: The ousted superintendent and board of Noxubee County schools are asking a judge to pause Mississippi’s takeover of the struggling district.
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.



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