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Archive for September 2018

Getting a Job is Not that Simple

The American dream conjures images of people building a life for themselves, working hard to get from poverty to prosperity. This is the vision we share for Mississippi – people working to improve their own lives. There’s a sense of pride in pulling one’s self up by the bootstraps, but for a large segment of…

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The Dillons: ‘Out Here Walking Alone’

Note: The Dillon family received an ESA last year (2019) for Demyrion after legislators voted to increase funding for the program.  Under the current bill that will be considered by the House to renew the program Demyrion will lose his ESA because he is enrolled in an online school due to his medical condition.  The…

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The Ware Family: Choosing Faith Over Fear

“We’ve been through three rounds of the lottery and have not received an ESA.  Mississippi really needs a complete overhaul when it comes to special education and assistance for special needs families.” September 18, 2018 by Joanna Holbert A polite, soft-spoken lady enters a coffee shop.  Wearing a t-shirt which reads “Faith Over Fear,” she quietly orders…

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Sixth Mississippi Charter School Approved

Today, the Mississippi Charter Authorizer Board approved Ambition Prep to open in West Jackson next year.  Ambition Prep, serving grades K-8, will be the fifth charter school to open in Jackson and the sixth charter school approved in the state. The board tabled consideration of a Delta application and two new institutions — one a…

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Empower Mississippi Names Donor Relations Manager

Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen announced today that Ellery Jones has been named Donor Relations Manager. “We are pleased to welcome Ellery to our team,” said Callen.  “With a strong background in donor relations and fundraising, she brings a wealth of knowledge to this position making her the ideal choice to connect with our investors…

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Advocates Recognize Officials for Ending Administrative Forfeiture in Mississippi

Mississippi joins a number of other states reforming their civil asset forfeiture laws thanks to state officials.  This week, Empower Mississippi joined the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, Mississippi Justice Institute, The American Conservative Union, FreedomWorks, Right on Crime, and The Heritage Foundation in a letter applauding legislative leadership for allowing administrative forfeiture’s sunset provision…

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