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BOOK BIZ: A look at New Orleans charter schools

Anyone interested in the effort to establish charter schools in Mississippi, may want to read this book written by veteran education reporter Sarah Carr about the charter schools in New Orleans. Rather than take a broad look at the whole system, she offers a look at three specific schools in the aftermath of the re-organization following Hurricane Katrina. Granted this ...

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Senate passes charter school bill, Bryant will sign

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 Wednesday 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 to preserve more elements of the ...

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Charter schools get the vote; bill now goes to Gov. Bryant's desk

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 Wednesday 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 to preserve more elements of the ...

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Rachel Canter on doing the right thing

Rachel Canter is executive director of Mississippi First. A Starkville native, she has a B.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Q —How did Mississippi First get its start? A —In 2002, Sanford Johnson, my co-founder, and I each had summer internships in Jackson. We would meet for lunch and discuss ...

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Read January 11 issue of MBJ

>> BIG IDEAS Innovate Mississippi to encounter “real-world” market tests at Startup Weekend— by Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> ENERGY No land deal stalls Winston County refinery plans— by Clay Chandler >> REAL ESTATE New name, new developer push Starkville development forward— by Clay Chandler >> APPROPRIATIONS Ethics commission chief expects agency to escape budget ax— by ...

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(VIDEO) Business group launches charter school push as foes raise privatization fears

A lineup of high-profile Mississippi business people gathered at the Capitol Monday to launch a campaign to bring charter schools to every school district in Mississippi – provided the parents in the districts want them. Mississippians overwhelmingly support widespread creation of charter schools as a remedy to the many ails of the state’s public schools, said the group Better Education ...

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OPINION: Here’s to taking Teacher Appreciation Week seriously

Teacher Appreciation Week has just concluded, and I will admit that the ads and short features broadcast during the week had their intended effect on me. The week began with the news that corporate profits for the previous quarter had set an all time record. Naturally, in the context of today’s economic and political environment, the question followed as to ...

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Mississippi House asks charter-school talks with Senate

JACKSON — Mississippi House leaders are seeking changes in a proposed charter school bill, but Senate leaders appear unlikely to agree to measures that might win over House opponents. House Bill 1152, which was amended by the Senate to create an alternative system of public schools in Mississippi, had been stalled by opposition in the House. On Monday, House Education ...

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Senate revives charter school bill; sets up showdown in House

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate revived charter school legislation yesterday, giving new life to a cornerstone of Republican leaders’ agenda. The move sets up a showdown in the House, which has been closely divided on broadening Mississippi’s provisions allowing alternative public schools. An earlier bill was voted down in a House committee. Senators amended House Bill 1152 yesterday, voting 31-19 ...

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