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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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State Senate passes expanded charter school bill

JACKSON — Senators voted 34-17 yesterday for a relatively broad plan to expand charter schools in Mississippi. During a five-hour debate, the Republican majority turned back a series of amendments, some of which would have narrowed the expansion. As passed, the bill would allow students from anywhere in the state to attend a charter school. School boards in 32 highly ...

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Charter school bill passes MS Senate

Amendment to limit charters to under-performing districts fails After nearly five hours of debate the Republicans in the state Senate passed the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 by a vote of 34-17, largely split down party lines. The House is expected to introduce its own charter schools bill this week. Senate Bill 2401, sponsored by Sen. Gray Tollison, ...

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Senate committee amends charter school bill

JACKSON — Online charter schools would not be allowed under a bill that Mississippi senators are pushing forward. A committee agreed today to an amendment banning such virtual schools, which have been a subject of intense argument among education advocates. The bill would also let charter schools sponsor prekindergarten programs, although no state money is provided for students four years ...

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Sen. Ed Committee passes charter school legislation

The Senate Education Committee passed the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 this morning. The legislation will now be considered by the Senate. Charter schools are open-enrollment public schools that are freed from some of the rules, regulations and statutes that apply to other public schools in exchange for accountability for producing certain results. Senate Bill 2401, introduce by ...

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GOP agenda reflected in bills, amendments filed in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are sponsoring bills to tighten restrictions on abortion, crack down on immigration, expand the use of charter schools and limit the power of the attorney general. Yesterday was the deadline to file general bills and constitutional amendments to be considered during the 2012 session, which began in early January and is scheduled to end in early ...

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