School choice: Homeschooling parents and students share their journey

School choice is a term that floats around during every legislative session, and most consider it with charter school legislation. But in reality, school...

Waitlisted: The Berrys: Hitting Wall After Wall

The Berrys: Hitting Wall After Wall By Joanna Holbert, Empower Mississippi Will and Jodi Berry of Sumrall are not unlike other parents when it comes to...

MDE Announces Mid-Year Lottery for Special Needs Scholarship Program Applications

 The Mississippi Department of Education announced today that it will hold the mid-year lottery for Education Scholarship Accounts (ESA) on December 13. The lottery...

School Choice: What happens when the choices end

When the parents of the founding scholars chose to send their 5th graders to ReImagine Prep nearly four years ago, they were putting a...

MAE downplays Governor’s recommendation to raise teacher pay of $50 million over two years

The Mississippi Association of Educators has responded to the Governor's newest budget recommendations for the fiscal year 2020, which would allocate $25 million dollars...

Why Teachers Leave Mississippi: Two former teachers weigh in

Teacher pay is often touted as a reason why Mississippi teachers leave the state, especially new teachers. But according to two teachers who have left...

The Ferrettis: “Time is Running Out” for ESA Scholarship

*story courtesy of Empower Mississippi* The clock is ticking, and with each passing day, the Ferretti family of Cleveland gets closer to the Special Needs Education...

Empower Mississippi supports passage of the federal FIRST STEP Act

Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen recently joined organizations from across the country in voicing support for the federal FIRST STEP Act. The FIRST STEP Act,...

MDE to Prepare Educators for Underserved Students through Teacher-Residency and Performance-Based Licensure Pilot Programs

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is launching an initiative to increase the number of qualified teachers entering and remaining in the profession through...

Lt. Governor Reeves and Skills Foundation announce new tool in spotlighting education needs in...

Today at the  Hinds Community College Career & Technical Center The Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, The Skills Foundation and others joined to announce the new Skills...

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