Race to the Top and Mississippi

[Rachel is interviewed about Mississippi’s 2010 Conversion Charter School Act.] Race to the Top Leaves Some School Reformers Weary by Stephanie Banchero Wall Street Journal–June 1, 2010 President Barack Obama’s signature education initiative has encouraged the overhaul of state laws governing charter schools, teacher evaluations…

Mississippi’s Race to the Top

Mississippi’s Statewide Advisory Committee for Race to the Top met today in Jackson to discuss MDE’s draft application.  There is a tremendous amount of work to do between now and June 1, the Round II application deadline.  A lot of the ideas presented were concepts…

Pre-K: An Ounce of Prevention

By Ward Schaefer The Jackson Free Press–April 14, 2010 Little Samaritan Montessori is an unusual sight in Jackson’s Midtown neighborhood. In an area with high rates of vacancy and a declining population, Little Samaritan represents the future. The child-care center serves 62 children, from 6 weeks…

Race to the Top Winners Leaked; Announcement at Noon Central

Tennessee and Delaware!  That’s what EdWeek reports today on their Politics K-12 blog.  The official announcement will be at 1 P.M. Eastern/Noon Central.  When I saw Secretary Duncan on Thursday, he re-iterated that he was setting a very, very high bar.  No joke! Now comes…

Race to the Top Article in EdWeek

Check out this article from EdWeek about how Race to the Top winners will be decided.  Of particular interest to me is the 7-10 pages of comments applicants will get from EACH reviewer that will “serve as a roadmap for Phase 2.” Mississippi is going…

MDE Announces Restructuring

As I mentioned in my blog post last night, the State Board of Education approved a restructuring plan for MDE yesterday.  The Public Relations Office just released a statement about it and a new organizational chart.  I have pasted the press release below, but you…