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Twelve groups petitioning for charter school authorization

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A dozen groups have filed applications for the first charter schools in Mississippi. Charter School Authorizer Board chairman Tommie Cardin released Saturday the list of groups that met the 5 p.m. Friday deadline. Lawmakers in 2013 approved an expanded law allowing charter schools — public schools run by private groups that agree […] [...]

Bryant’s State of the State focuses on jobs, education

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant presented a generally optimistic outlook about Mississippi during his State of the State address, focusing on job creation and saying he believes the state can improve its academic performance with charter schools and merit pay for teachers. Republican Bryant, who’s beginning his third year as governor, said he wants to […] [...]

Board receives dozens of charter school applications

JACKSON — Groups say they are interested in opening as many as 30 charter schools in Mississippi. Charter School Authorizer Board Chairman Tommie Cardin said he received letters of intent for as many as 28 schools by the 5 p.m. yesterday deadline. A Columbus group said it also applied for two more schools, and Cardin […] [...]

Group wants to open two charter schools in Columbus

COLUMBUS — Another group interested in starting a charter school — this one to be located in Columbus — has said it plans to file an official letter of intent with the state before the Jan. 22 deadline. Columbus Coalition for Educational Options hopes to start two charter schools at the site of a former […] [...]

No charter schools likely this fall as board runs out of time

JACKSON — It’s unlikely that students will attend charter schools in Mississippi in August 2014. Members of the new charter school board say there’s not enough time to complete applications, approve them and set up schools by next fall. In a meeting yesterday, the Charter School Authorizer Board left open the possibility that some well-prepared […] [...]

Reeves appoints three to new charter school board

JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has appointed three individuals to the newly created Public Charter Schools Authorizing Board. The board will monitor the creation and management of public charter schools in Mississippi. Reeves appointed Ridgeland attorney Tommie Cardin, Ocean Springs superintendent Bonita Coleman-Potter and Oxford businesswoman Karen Elam to the board. The appointees will […] [...]

Gov. Bryant names three to charter school board

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed three members to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, the board responsible for approving and overseeing public charter schools in Mississippi. Each of the governor’s appointees represents a Mississippi Supreme Court District, and each appointee will serve a four-year term beginning Sept. 1. Johnny Franklin of Bolton will […] [...]

Who will be on the new charter school board?

JACKSON — And now the waiting begins. With the July 1 effective date for Mississippi’s expanded charter school law, the next step is to nominate seven members of the Charter School Authorizing Board. The governor and lieutenant governor are each supposed to name three members, one from each of the state’s three Supreme Court districts. […] [...]

Governor signs education bills, including charter schools

FLOWOOD — Gov. Phil Bryant continues to tout the “transformative” potential of new education measures The Republican Bryant signed four bills into law today at Northwest Rankin High School, where he pledged last fall to seek many of the changes. Among the new laws is one that expands the authority to create charter schools — […] [...]

Charter school bill finally passes; Bryant says he’ll sign

JACKSON — After two years of struggle, a bill to make it easier to create charter schools is on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The State Senate voted 34-18 to approve House Bill 369, which widens legal authority for charter schools. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says he had hoped […] [...]

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