Mississippi First Statement on the Charter School Lawsuit Victory

Yesterday, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of charter schools receiving state and local dollars. Mississippi First is thrilled for the 1,750-plus children receiving their public education from one of the six public charter schools in Mississippi. The ruling unequivocally affirms what we have said all along: public education dollars belong to public school children for their public education; charter…

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Mississippi First Statement on the Charter School Lawsuit Victory

MCSAB Authorizes New Charter Schools

This year, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board (MCSAB) has approved the application of three more charter schools, bringing the total count to eight public charter schools in Mississippi. Charter schools are free public schools. They get their name from the contract—or charter—that the school signs with the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board. The charter…

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MCSAB Authorizes New Charter Schools

Accountability and Charter Schools

This week, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) made the 2017-2018 accountability scores public, after delaying the public release on September 20. Each year, Mississippi schools and districts are rated using an A-F scale, just like children receive a grade A, B, C, D, or F on a report card. To understand the accountability system…

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Accountability and Charter Schools

Charter School to Open in the Mississippi Delta

Today, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board approved the fifth public charter school for the state: Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School. The school is set to open in the fall of 2018 in Clarksdale, Miss., and at full enrollment will serve students in grades K-8. In the fall of 2018, the school will enroll 150…

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Charter School to Open in the Mississippi Delta

MDE: Donors Contributed Nearly $1.6 million to Early Learning Collaboratives in 2016

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: February 7, 2017 Donors Contributed Nearly $1.6 million to Early Learning Collaboratives in 2016 JACKSON, Miss. – Individuals or corporations donated about $1.6 million to early learning collaboratives (ELCs) in 2016, providing state-funded early childhood education programs with additional support for student learning. Last year’s donations exceeded donations of $276,850…

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Parents File Motion to Intervene in the Charter School Lawsuit

Jackson, MS–On August 10, 2016, the Mississippi Justice Institute, on behalf of three public charter school parents, filed a motion to intervene in the charter school lawsuit recently brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center. After filing the motion, the Mississippi Justice Institute held a press conference on the Mississippi Department of Education’s lawn. Two…

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Parents File Motion to Intervene in the Charter School Lawsuit