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Senate OKs charter schools funded by school district dollars

The Mississippi Senate Wednesday passed legislation to allow public charter schools to operate in the state, though each school opened must receive approval from a newly created independent commission. Under the measure approved by the Senate, local schools districts will have to find the charter schools, though federal and sate dollars the districts receive can go toward paying for the ...

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Emotions flare after House committee rejects charter school bill

JACKSON — Emotions flared yesterday as a House committee rejected efforts to widen Mississippi’s provisions for charter schools, but the issue was far from dead. Gov. Phil Bryant immediately threatened a special session, and senators tried to figure out if they could tack most or all of the charter language onto another bill. House Education Committee members voted 16-15 yesterday ...

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Committee again delays vote on charter school legislation

JACKSON — A Mississippi House committee has again delayed a vote on a charter school bill. It’s unclear whether Senate Bill 2401 can pass the House Education Committee, though it has been narrowed by amendments. Some Republicans and conservative Democrats on the 31-member panel continue to voice opposition. For example, Rep. Steve Massengill, a Hickory Flat Republican, says he remains ...

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Key vote on charter school legislation expected today

JACKSON — A Mississippi House Education Committee vote on a charter schools bill will wait until today. Yesterday’s committee meeting ended abruptly without a vote, with Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, promising to meet again today. Some Democrats said the Republican majority lacked votes to pass the bill. “It was going to be close right now,” Moore said afterward. The panel ...

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Read the March 5 issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — REMEMBER THE TITANS: Ole Miss to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Rebels’ 1962 perfect football season. By Clay Chandler Also in this week’s paper: >> The apple falls: Will the son live up to the father — by Wally Northway >> Eastover on the move: More dominoes fall after the Whole Foods announcement — by ...

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Charter school bill passes House ed committee

The House Education Committee passed its version of the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 (HB 888) yesterday and is expected to vote on it next week. The Senate passed charter schools legislation in the form of SB 2401 last week. See a summary of some key similarities and differences below. The House bill contains many provisions similar to ...

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House committee narrowly approves charter school bill

JACKSON — In a close vote, the House Education Committee approved a plan yesterday to expand charter schools in Mississippi. Committee members voted 14-12 for the bill. A number of Republicans voted “no,” even though the measure is a top priority of their party’s leadership. That could signal trouble in a House where the GOP holds only a 64-58 majority. ...

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House subcommittee passes broader charter school bill

JACKSON — A charter school bill moving forward in the Mississippi House is more expansive than the one passed last week by the state Senate. The bill, passed yesterday by a House subcommittee, would not only create a new board to approve charter schools, but also would allow any of the state’s 152 local boards to approve charters in their ...

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Read the Feb. 27 issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — THE WHOLE PACKAGE: How Whole Foods causes residential real estate to skyrocket. By Clay Chandler Also in this week’s paper: >> Charter Schools: Legislation passes … What’s next? — by Amy McCullough >> What makes a successful school: Is your school passing or failing? — by Amy McCullough >> In the slow lane: Construction hit ...

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Rating 'successful' public schools

The charter school bill debate has brought attention to the way the Mississippi Department of Education rates the achievement of its school districts. (Scroll to end of post for detailed MDE information.) Despite the fact that a school district may contain a majority of poorly performing schools, the MDE will still label it as “successful,” as long as a majority ...

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