This Jan. 21-27, parents, students, teachers, and educators across Mississippi will gather to celebrate National School Choice Week at more than 32,000 events nationwide.
New legislation was introduced this week in the Senate and House that will expand education options for Mississippi families.
Gov. Phil Bryant has officially proclaimed January 21-27, 2018 as “School Choice Week” in the state of Mississippi. He joins 20 other governors and more than 300 mayors and county leaders nationwide in issuing proclamations.
A new national poll shows school choice continues to be popular with voters nationwide.
A new formula that would update the way Mississippi funds education has been introduced by Speaker Philip Gunn.
In December, lawmakers in Washington D.C. took action on school choice and expanded the 529 college savings plans to primary and secondary school tuition for public and private schools.
My Kids Are In Public School. I Support School Choice.
January 10, 2018 by Brett Kittredge
Amanda Felder has always wanted the best for her son Max. When he was younger, that meant paying for private school tuition at Magnolia Speech School. It also meant a yearlong transition in a smaller private school. And today, it means attending his local district school.
The Mississippi legislature returned to Jackson last week to begin the 2018 legislative session.
New Poll Shows Mississippi Voters Support ESA Expansion
January 3, 2018 by Grant Callen
A new poll released today shows that Mississippians throughout the state continue to support school choice opportunities and want to see these options available to all students.
Facebook Live: ESA Expansion, 2018 Session
December 19, 2017 by Empower Mississippi
Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen and Director of External Relations Brett Kittredge sat down to talk about the education scholarship account language that will be coming forward in the 2018 legislative session.
We are encouraged that House and Senate leaders plan to build on this momentum by introducing legislation in the upcoming session to expand an education scholarship account program that is already working for hundreds of students across Mississippi.
Because of the Education Scholarship Account program, Scott and Monique Pietrowski were able to choose the right school and education tools for their child.
Erica Howard lives less than a mile from her local district school in the school zone she intentionally moved into. In the city that she is paying higher taxes to live in. For a house she dipped into her retirement savings to afford.
Parents Need Freedom To Find The Right School For Their Children
December 4, 2017 by Elyse Marcellino
Every day, we make choices. We decide which health care provider is better and which store has what we need. We apply for a job that pays more and hire the best babysitter, landscaper, tutor, or accountant we can find.
A new survey finds that school choice options continue to be popular across the country.
The Craigs weren’t sure what school or schools their children would attend, they just knew homeschooling was off the table. But as it often does, life has a way of interfering with the best laid plans.
Gov. Phil Bryant wants to see school choice expanded in the next legislative session.
After realizing her son wasn’t receiving the education he needed in his assigned district school, Carla Walker began looking for new options. Even those that she never thought of or once seemed financially impossible.
Based on her zip code, Brandy Stringer assumed her children would receive a high-quality education and that she wouldn’t need to think any more about it. But life isn’t always that simple.
Are You Ready For National School Choice Week 2018?
November 8, 2017 by Grant Callen
We are excited to begin preparing for the 2018 Mississippi School Choice Rally as part of National School Choice Week and we want you to be involved!
A large majority of military households support new school choice options through education savings accounts, vouchers, or tax-credit scholarships.
Mississippi Middle Of The Pack In Providing Education Options
October 24, 2017 by Brett Kittredge
Mississippi was placed in the middle of the pack in a national ranking that details the degree of access parents have to impact educational opportunities for their children.
Since we launched Opportunity Mississippi, our grassroots engagement project, our team has been busy meeting with parents and hosting “Ambassadors For School Choice” forums across the state.
Knowing the local public schools were not a viable option for their family, they had to make a decision.
What Impact Does School Choice Have On Public Schools?
September 28, 2017 by Colby Williams
Of the 33 studies on the effects of school choice on public schools, 31 showed that the academic outcomes of public schools improved.
Private School, Homeschool Families Save Taxpayers Nearly $600 Million
September 26, 2017 by Brett Kittredge
Mississippi families that choose to enroll their children in private school or that homeschool save the state almost $600 million each year.
School Choice Enrollment Continues To Grow In Mississippi
September 14, 2017 by Brett Kittredge
Enrollment in a school choice program in Mississippi grew by about 40 percent over the previous year despite the fact that programs were not greatly expanded last year in the legislature.
On Monday, the Mississippi Charter Authorizer Board approved a new charter school: Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School.
Charter schools in Jackson are serving families who, by and large, have had no choice at all in the education their children were receiving.
Private schools in Mississippi are interested in participating in a larger school choice program and they have the capacity to serve more students tomorrow.
ESAs increase the learning potential of every child by giving their parents more financial freedom to choose the right learning opportunity for their child.
The 3-D School is growing, and expanding, because of demand from parents and school choice policies enacted by the legislature.
Empower Mississippi Names Director of Education Policy
July 31, 2017 by Grant Callen
Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen announced today that Elyse Marcellino has been named Director of Education Policy.
Gov. Bryant: We’re Going To Have More School Choice!
July 27, 2017 by Brett Kittredge
While speaking at the Neshoba County Fair earlier today, Gov. Phil Bryant said expanding school choice was a top priority of his administration during his final two years in office.
When parents are given the ability to choose the right education for their child, the research shows they are capable of making the right choice.
Last week, we hosted multiple informational sessions in Greenwood and Itta Bena and had the opportunity to speak with about 30 parents.
The Mississippi Department of Education announced today that a lottery for the Special Needs Education Scholarship Account will be held on Friday, July 14 to award the final 58 scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year.
Today the United States Supreme Court delivered a victory for school choice in ruling that the government cannot deny a neutral benefit to an organization simply because they are religious.
Native American Education Opportunity Act Introduced
June 19, 2017 by Brett Kittredge
U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and John McCain (R-AZ) have introduced legislation that would provide educational choice opportunities to Native American students.
Empower Announces Launch Of Community Outreach Division
June 8, 2017 by Grant Callen
Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen announced today the launching of our Community Outreach Division.
These schools, if approved, would benefit from changes made to the charter school law in 2016 that allows students in school districts rated “C,” “D,” or “F” to cross district lines to attend a charter school.
Over the past two plus decades, inflation adjusted per-student education spending in Mississippi has increased by 54 percent while teacher salaries and student enrollment have decreased by two and three percent, respectively.
We have made some progress, but as has been displayed pretty clearly the option to choose the best school for your child is still very limited in Mississippi.
Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen announced today that Anja Scheib has been named Director of Development.
This week marked National Charter School Week, a weeklong event that raises awareness about public charter schools, their academic success, and the demand from parents for more school options.
New Poll Shows Bipartisan Support For School Choice
April 13, 2017 by Brett Kittredge
A strong majority of Americans support federal funding for a school choice program.
80 Private Schools Participating In Special Needs ESA
April 12, 2017 by Brett Kittredge
Students in every corner of the state have used the Special Needs Education Scholarship program to attend a private school this year.
Last night an earthquake rocked the school choice movement in America. The Arizona legislature approved a bill, sending it to the Governor, that extends school choice to every student in the Grand Canyon state.
Yesterday, I was in the room as Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas heard oral arguments in the lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center attempting to shut down Mississippi’s public charter schools.
Today the House and Senate approved a gutted conference report on House Bill 1046, the Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship expansion.
The Dyslexia Scholarship is an example of a government program that is working to meet the needs of the audience it is designed to serve.
Over the past six years, education funding and enrollment in Mississippi’s public schools have been moving in different directions.