Charter School forum to be held at Mississippi College in Clinton.


On Tuesday evening parents and the community are invited to Mississippi College in Clinton to get all of their charter school questions answered. The Mississippi Charter School Association and Mississippi First will host a charter school forum in Swor Auditorium in Nelson Hall between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Organizers say the forum will help … Continue reading Charter School forum to be held at Mississippi College in Clinton.

Charter School Authorizer Board gives 2 groups the go ahead in approval process.


Mississippi's Charter School Authorizer Board has moved two groups that want to open schools ahead to the final stage of consideration. Inspire Charter Schools, which was a finalist in the first round of applications earlier this year, is seeking to open a school serving 360 students in grades K-6 in Columbus. Midtown Partners is seeking … Continue reading Charter School Authorizer Board gives 2 groups the go ahead in approval process.

Charter School Authorizer Board hires new executive director.


An employee who leads charter schools in Louisiana has been hired as executive director of the new Charter School Authorizer Board in Mississippi. RELATED>>>PLUNKETT: New executive director of Charter School Board should have much to offer Mississippi education reform. Officials said Tuesday that Marian Schutte of New Orleans will begin her $95,000-a-year Mississippi job on … Continue reading Charter School Authorizer Board hires new executive director.

New laws set to take effect today.


Here's a glance at some new Mississippi laws that take effect Monday: CHARTER SCHOOLS -- The governor, lieutenant governor and state superintendent of education have until Sept. 1 to nominate people to serve on a board that will oversee development of charter schools, which are public schools that agree to meet certain standards in exchange … Continue reading New laws set to take effect today.

Charter school advocates form association, law takes effect Monday.


Groups that pushed for the passage of Mississippi's new charter school law have formed an association to promote the schools. The Mississippi Charter School Association's creation was announced Tuesday at a meeting to encourage people who might be interested in creating such schools to start organizing. It's being founded by supporters of the law including … Continue reading Charter school advocates form association, law takes effect Monday.

New 26-state study shows improvements among poor and minority students in charter schools.


A new, independent national study finds improvement in the overall performance of charter schools, driven in part by the presence of more high-performing charters and closure of underperforming charter schools. The National Charter School Study 2013, released today by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, is an update and expansion … Continue reading New 26-state study shows improvements among poor and minority students in charter schools.

Gov. Bryant to Discuss Mississippi’s Education Reform Accomplishments in Washington, D.C.


Gov. Phil Bryant will travel to Washington, D.C. next week to participate in an education forum, where he will discuss his landmark education reform initiatives. The education forum, “Reading Milestones”, is hosted by the Washington Post and will focus on the importance of reading proficiently by the third grade. The forum will be webcast live … Continue reading Gov. Bryant to Discuss Mississippi’s Education Reform Accomplishments in Washington, D.C.

Harrison: Will charter schools survive a constitutional challenge?


The Legislature passed a comprehensive charter school law that allows public funds to be spent on charter schools that do not have to adhere to many of the guidelines and governance of traditional public schools. In return, the schools agree to a charter to meet certain goals. On the surface, there does not appear to … Continue reading Harrison: Will charter schools survive a constitutional challenge?

Plunkett: Gulfport High School’s Academic Institute sounds very familiar.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Back on September 3, 2011 Mississippi PEP was a month-old website. At the time, I was the only person writing and linking articles from state news sources to the site. I was focused a great deal on public education as the state prepared to take on the charter school issue, … Continue reading Plunkett: Gulfport High School’s Academic Institute sounds very familiar.

Bennett: Mississippi’s education policymakers must continue reform with vouchers.


BY: Eric Bennett @ericbennett18 The Charter Schools Bill, House Bill 369, which was recently passed by the Mississippi Legislature, was a great start for improving Mississippi schools, but it is not the final destination. Countless kids in Mississippi are still stuck in failing schools and not all will be able to find a spot in … Continue reading Bennett: Mississippi’s education policymakers must continue reform with vouchers.