Recommended teacher pay raise brings discussion of unmet classroom needs–paid for by teachers

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Election years are notoriously quiet in the Mississippi State Legislature, with lawmakers already outlining a relatively non-controversial session agenda. One of the items on...

Empower Mississippi: Choice now for Mississippi families

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written by Joanna Holbert, Empower Mississippi Mississippi families want and need choice. That’s the sentiment from parents across the state – some who’ve been fortunate enough...

2018: A review of education legislation and growth in Mississippi

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2018 had many ups, downs, political firestorms and moments that left mouths agape-- and education was a big conversation piece through the year. Here’s...

PEER Report highlights parental satisfaction, oversight needs for ESA program

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The Legislative PEER committee has concluded its biennial review of the Education Scholarship Account and has released the findings. A summary of the report is...

Innovative legislative tracking service Dragonfly launches in Mississippi

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With the 2019 legislative session less than a month away, it's safe to say governmental affairs staffers and consultants across Mississippi are rushing to...

School choice: Homeschooling parents and students share their journey

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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

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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

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 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...

Op-ed: Families need school choice

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Submitted by: Alice Dillon, Tylertown; Courtney Jones, Jackson; Missy Hopkins, Oxford   Our families need school choice. The concept is simple: parents direct the tax dollars associated with their child...

School Choice: What happens when the choices end

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

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