Mississippi House OKs Final Version of Sex Ed Bill

By The Associated Press  The Hattiesburg American–March 8, 2011 JACKSON — The Mississippi House sent a sex education bill to the governor. Under the bill, districts must choose to teach either abstinence only or “abstinence plus,” which includes health information about contraceptives. The House voted…

Mississippi Senate OKs version of sex ed bill

By SHELIA BYRD – Associated Press  The Sun-Harold–March 4, 2011 JACKSON — A sex education bill approved Thursday in the state Senate would ban school officials from demonstrating how to use condoms and require parental permission before students can be in the class. The Senate…

Mississippi House Passes Bill To Track Children

Mississippi House of Representatives–February 23, 2011 The Mississippi house has passed the HB 608 which will establish a longitudinal data system to track education and student outcomes in the workforce over a lifetime. The funding will come from the Federal Department of Education. State Longitudinal…

Future Dim for Early Voting Bill

By Natalie Chandler Hattiesburg American–January 27, 2011 Mississippians could head to the polls two weeks before Election Day if a key piece of legislation continues advancing in the 2009 regular session. But the future doesn’t appear bright for House Bill 185 unless lawmakers find a…

House Passes K-12 Funding

By Associated Press  The Desoto Times Tribune–January 17, 2011 The House of Representatives passed the K-12 education funding bill, HB 1494 on Wednesday. The funding in HB1494 is approximately $25.5 million above the Legislative Budget Recommendation, largely due to $16.3 million to cover an increase…

Mississippi House passes school sex education bill

By Molly Parker  The Clarion Legder – February 9, 2011 The Mississippi House narrowly passed a bill that would require all school boards to adopt a sex education policy by the start of the 2012 school year. Districts could decide between an abstinence-plus or an abstinence-only…

Barbour Advocates for More Technology in Schools

Mississippi may be eligible for nearly $250 million from the federal government for education jobs and Medicaid funding following the passage of an emergency state aid bill Tuesday.

Charter Schools Die a Painful Death in Mississippi Legislature

On Friday, the conferees for SB 2293, also known as the charter bill, approved a conference report that has killed every hope of creating real charter schools in Mississippi for another year.  The conference report is essentially the Innovative Schools bill from the House with…

Charter Schools (and me) Back to the Land of the Living

I’m so glad to be back to blogging!  The length of my absence has been unpardonable, but I hope you’ll take some pity on me because I’ve been sick for the last two weeks.  We think it may have been swine flu…either that “exhaustion” is…