Posts Tagged ‘Charter school’

Senate easily passes expanded charter school bill

JACKSON — A bill to expand charter schools in Mississippi has easily cleared the Senate, and attention shifts to the House for the second year. In a 31-17 vote, the bill had two Democratic supporters but no Republican opponents. The vote came after more than three hours of debate and a day after Senate Bill […] [...]

Business group calls for new charter school law

JACKSON — A group of 22 business leaders is calling for a broadened charter school law, asking legislators on yesterday to enact a law that would allow the schools to set up in any district. The group calls itself Better Education for Mississippi and is led by Bomgar Corp. chairman Joel Bomgar, who leads a […] [...]

Charter school proponents to try again next session

JACKSON — A year ago, even some opponents of charter schools expected a bill to pass. But some majority Republicans balked, killing the bill in the House. So proponents redoubled their efforts, trying to build support for widening the rules that allow alternative public schools run by outside groups. Now they will try again. “I […] [...]

Charter school opponent moved off Education Committee

JACKSON — The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House has shuffled committee assignments in a way that makes it easier to pass charter school legislation he supports. Speaker Philip Gunn recently moved Democrat Linda Whittington of Schlater off the Education Committee and made her vice chairwoman of the Tourism Committee. He gave Whittington’s seat on […] [...]

Governor, lawmakers promise fight for charter school law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and fellow Republicans who lead the Mississippi House and Senate say they have big plans to overhaul public education during the 2013 session. However, their inability to enact a new charter schools law in 2012 shows it’s easy to talk about ambitious plans and difficult to round up enough votes […] [...]

Dozens of public schools eligible to convert to charter

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Maybe you saw it on the big screen in “Won’t Back Down.” Parent takeovers of failing public schools could be coming to Mississippi. According to the Mississippi Department of Education, 35 schools are eligible for the first time to be converted to charter schools. A majority of parents must sign a petition […] [...]

Many parents are unhappy with their choices, or lack thereof, of where they can send their children to school in Mississippi

by Published: August 7,2011

Tags: Charter school, Mississippi public school

Mississippi public school students are beginning their 2011-2012 academic years, and some parents are unhappy with their children’s schools and wishing they had another place to go. Cynthia Jackson, the mother of a rising fifth-grader in the Canton School District, wishes she could afford to live within the Madison County School District, where the schools […] [...]

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