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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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House unanimously passes public school construction bill

JACKSON — Legislative action could set off a small building boom for Mississippi’s public schools. A measure passed by the House on a unanimous vote last week — and now awaiting action in the Senate — would renew schools’ power to borrow against state aid checks. After the 1997 passage of the state funding formula, known as the Mississippi Adequate ...

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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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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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Highlights of proposed charter school bill

Senate Bill 2401, the “MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS ACT 1 OF 2012” introduced by Sen. Gray Tollison is now available to the public. Read the full bill here. See Feb. 13, 2012 MBJ story, “Advocates want more flexible charter school bill.” Interesting  and notable elements in the bill: Independent Authorizer Board created SB 2041 creates the Mississippi Public Charter School ...

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Report gives state's schools 'F' in achievement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s K-12 schools once again trail in an influential measure of school performance. Though it gets good marks for high standards, Education Week’s Quality Counts report gives the state’s school system a “C-” overall, saying the state is particularly lagging on test scores and the amount of money it spends on schools. Mississippi ranked 45th among the ...

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ALL BUSINESS: Former bank president Chuck Jordan hits the ground running as new Greenville mayor

In an election year when politics dominated headlines, perhaps Chuck Jordan’s sweeping victory in the Greenville mayoral race topped them all. In a surprising landslide victory, banker-turned-politician Jordan took more than 64 percent of the vote to become Greenville’s next mayor. Not only was this his first political campaign, Jordan, a white, took 40 percent of the black vote. Running ...

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MSU gets major award to recruit, train teachers

STARKVILLE — A major U.S. Department of Education award to Mississippi State University’s College of Education will aid in recruiting and training new middle school teachers from some of the state’s poorest, most rural areas. The department’s recent five-year Transition to Teaching grant for the Teacher Education for Rural Middle Schools (TERMS) program is designed to provide an alternative route ...

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Burnham to propose new law for failing school districts

JACKSON — Mississippi State Superintendent Tom Burnham said yesterday he would propose a law to allow the state to either forcibly merge or require new elections in failing school districts, because the current reform system does not work. “We will bring forward legislation this year to end conservatorship,” Burnham said at an orientation for newly elected state lawmakers. In conservatorship, ...

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