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Archive for January 2017

EdBuild Announces Recommendations For Funding Formula

Yesterday at the State Capitol, EdBuild, the national firm who was hired to study the state’s education funding formula, presented their much-anticipated recommendations on how to update and modernize the formula. We have said from the beginning of this process that we would like to see a formula that is more student-centered, equitable, and transparent.…

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Reeves Sends Letter In Support Of DeVos

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions last week outlining his support for Betsy DeVos’ nomination to be the next United States Secretary of Education. DeVos’ confirmation hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17. “As Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, I know the importance of…

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New Poll Shows Support For School Choice Remains Strong

A new poll shows school choice continues to enjoy popularity among voters nationwide. The poll, commissioned by American Federation for Children and conducted by the Democratic polling firm Beck Research, found 68 percent support the concept of school choice, compared to just 28 percent who oppose the idea. Voters were asked, “Generally speaking, would you…

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Enrollment Share In Jackson’s Charter Schools Quickly Growing

After just one full year, charter schools already make up nearly 10 percent of Jackson’s public school enrollment in the three grades that charter schools currently serve showing the high demand from parents in the city. Today, Jackson has three charter schools in operation: Midtown Public Charter School, which serves grades five through seven; Reimagine…

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Join Gov. Bryant, Lt. Gov. Reeves at National School Choice Week

National School Choice Week will be here in just two weeks! Join Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and many others as we celebrate education choice for all students in Mississippi. Held every January, National School Choice Week is the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education. The goal of this, and every…

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Our Analysis of ESA Enrollment Numbers

This week at a meeting of the House Education Committee, Superintendent of Education Carey Wright gave a progress report on the Special Needs Education Scholarship Account (ESA) program. Her remarks generated some questions about the enrollment numbers. The legislature funded 425 scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year and all those are filled, including an additional…

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The Importance Of Understanding Parental Satisfaction

There are numerous measures used to determine the quality of the education that a child is receiving, including standardized test scores, graduation rates, or accountability ratings. Using these measures, a near-consensus of the “gold standard” studies—those that employ random assignment to determine the causal impact of a policy—have found that students in a school choice…

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New Legislative Session Begins Today

The 2017 legislative session kicks off today when the House and Senate gavel in at noon. After the extended session last year, lawmakers will be back to work early as we return to the traditional 90 day calendar. Operating on a calendar of legislative deadlines, here are the days to watch in January: January 11…

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Support Betsy DeVos For Secretary Of Education

As education reformers and school choice supporters, we now have an unprecedented opportunity to express support for one of our own to become the U.S. Secretary of Education. For nearly 30 years, Betsy DeVos has demonstrated courageous leadership to bring hope and opportunity to America’s children. She will be a Secretary of Education who puts the…

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