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EDITORIAL: Voice Vote

Charter schools are big news in Mississippi this week and there should not be a doubt in anyone’s mind they will soon be big news in Chickasaw County. A quick look around our community indicates we will be a prime target for these new private schools funded with public dollars. Okolona schools have just recently […]

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Reeves: Charter law should allow children to cross district lines

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi’s lieutenant governor would like to amend the state’s new charter school law. Tate Reeves was among the primary forces behind the 2013 state law that allowed Mississippi’s first charter schools. For it to truly have an impact, he said on Wednesday, it must be changed to allow […]

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Houlka/Okolona consolidation bill dies

  CHICKSAW COUNTY – A bill to consolidate Chickasaw County Schools in Houlka and Okolona schools was killed in committee in the Mississippi Legislature this month, but the idea, which popped up last year, is far from dead. Mississippi lawmakers were asked to consider administrative school consolidations in several counties this session. The bill affecting […]

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Bill limits state takeovers of schools to 3 years

By Jeff Amy The Associated Press JACKSON — State education officials could only take over a school district for three years under a bill moving forward in the Senate. The Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 2124, sponsored by Sen. Steve Hale, D-Senatobia. The bill goes to the Senate for more debate. Hale says that […]

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EDITORIAL: Voice your vote on charter schools

Charter schools are big news in Jackson this week and there should not be a doubt in anyone’s mind they will soon be big news in Chickasaw County. A quick look around our community indicates we will be a prime target for these new private schools funded with public dollars. Okolona schools have just recently […]

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Bill would consolidate school districts

by Jeff Amy The Associated Press JACKSON — Bills moving forward in the Senate would merge the Clay County and West Point school districts and give agricultural high schools in Coahoma and Hinds counties to the county school boards.Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says Clay County, the smallest district in the state, […]

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Charters advance, but hurdles remain

by Bobby Harrison NEMS Daily Journal JACKSON – Despite near unprecedented debate that started Wednesday afternoon and ended early Thursday morning with passage of charter school legislation by the House, the issue is far from resolved for the 2013 session. The House, in a vote primarily but not completely along party lines, passed charter school […]

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JOHN STANDFIELD: We open doors to education

By John Stanfield Guest Columnist   A community says a lot about itself by the way it takes care of its children. Okolona is saying good things lately with its response to Okolona Community Dollars for Scholars. The group, only eight-years-old, last summer gave out five $1,500 scholarships and twenty-two $500 scholarships to Okolona High […]

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Charter passes Senate, 31-17; Jolly votes against it

by Bobby Harrison NEMS Daily Journal JACKSON – Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday’s passage of charter school legislation is the first of several steps they plan to make this session in an effort to improve the state’s schools. Moments after charter school legislation passed the Senate by […]

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Senate committee approves charter school bill

by Bobby Harrison NEMS Daily Journal Djournal.Com JACKSON – As expected, the Senate Education Committee passed charter school legislation Tuesday. A section allowing virtual charter schools was removed from the bill in committee, but the bill will allow charter schools in C, D and F accredited districts without the approval of the local school boards. […]

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LETTER TO EDITOR: Billy R. Ponds

Let’s try charter schools   Dear Editor, Thanks to liberals like you and Dr. Coker, we readers get to hear one side of the Charter School issue. You are right in that we should do our homework. That statement includes you and Dr. Coker. Let’s see, we were at the bottom of the education in […]

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