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…

Does Attrition at KIPP Explain KIPP Achievement?–Part 1

Charter critics in Mississippi (and around the country) like to say that KIPP only has higher achievement than traditional public schools because it is either selective in who it attracts or it systematically gets rid of low-achieving kids or kids with discipline problems. Recently, as…

Special Update on Charter School Legislation

The last few days have been pretty eventful on the charter school front, which is why I decided to devote a separate blog post to the topic.  First, I will digress into some background for those of you unfamiliar with the charter school debate in…