The Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act

Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison has officially introduced SB 2401, the Mississippi Public Charter School Act of 2012.  Although other legislators have introduced charter legislation during this session, it is near certain that this bill will be the one that will work its way through…

Charter Schools: Full Steam Ahead

Legislators moving forward on passing new charter legislation. As was predicted shortly after the 2011 elections, passing a new charter school bill has been a top priority for the leadership in both chambers of the Legislature. The legislators are expected to pass a more robust…

Charter Schools: Recommended Changes for 2012

Efforts Underway to Strengthen 2010 Law In 2010, Governor Barbour signed into law one of the weakest charter school laws in the nation.  The law, which only allows for heavily-restricted “conversion charter schools,” is in need of several changes if charter schools are going to…

Study Finds High Dropout Rates for Black Males in KIPP Schools

By Mary Ann Zahr Education Week–March 31, 2011 KIPP charter middle schools enroll a significantly higher proportion of African-American students than the local school districts they draw from, but 40 percent of the black males they enroll leave between grades 6 and 8, says a…

Schools and Cigs

By Adam Lynch The Jackson Free Press–February 16, 2011 Charters-school advocates are looking to change the state’s current law to allow charter schools to use lottery enrollment. The Mississippi Legislature passed SB 2293 last year, creating a process for transforming some failing public schools into…

New Orleans Charter Schools – Rebirth of a City

New Orleans Charter Schools – Rebirth of a City: What would New Orleans look like if it were home to the nation’s top urban public school system? Executive Producer Matt Wisdom and Digital Filmmaker Tim Ryan hope to help convey that vision in a new…

The MATCH School – ABC News Special

The MATCH School – ABC News Special: This is the segment featuring The MATCH School, a public charter high school in Boston, Massachusetts aired on October 7, 2007. MATCH has recently been named one of the “Top 100” high schools in the nation by US…

KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program)

KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program): Welcome to KIPP, a national network of 66 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in 19 states and Washington, DC, with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.

Done Waiting: A Note from the Executive Director

After months of waiting (and more than one email to Paramount) to find out if and when the movie Waiting for Superman would come to Mississippi, the movie was here and gone in the blink of an eye.  For those of you who didn’t get…