Certified vs. Effective: Improving the Flow of the Teacher Pipeline

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Every year it seems Mississippi makes headlines for being on the bottom of the nation’s education rankings. Test scores are low, funding is low,...

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...

School Choice Week: Parents, students, teachers rally the capitol

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Over 1,000 advocates of school choice--including teachers, parents, and students-- rallied on the south steps of the Capitol as the Mississippi State Legislature convened...

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...

Why Teachers Leave Mississippi: Two former teachers weigh in

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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...

MS Charter School Authorizer Board approves new K-8 Jackson-area charter

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The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board approved the opening of Ambition Prep Charter school in the Jackson area on Monday, according to Associated Press...

Smilow Collegiate Charter School ribbon cutting celebrates choice

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Mississippi's fifth charter school--and its first kindergarten and first-grade charter school-- celebrated its inaugural year with a ribbon cutting this past Friday. When you first...

Empower Mississippi: ESA bills die in committee

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Yesterday, several bills to expand or improve the Education Scholarship Account (ESA) program died when they were not passed by the committee deadline. One...

Mississippi ranks #6 for best charter school laws nationwide

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The Magnolia State has ranked sixth in the nation for its laws regarding charter schools, according to the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. The...

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...

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