Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:31:16 GMT
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday.More >>
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday. In South Mississippi, the concern centered around the state government's plan to allow offshore drilling off coastal waters.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:33 GMT
Life through the eyes of a child is often thought to be innocent and colorful. But, that life isn't the same experience for kids who are blind and visually impaired. That's why every year, MississippiMore >>
Every year, Mississippi Lions club puts on a Sea and Sun camp for kids ages 5 to 15 who are visually impaired, giving them the opportunity to experience the fun they often miss out on.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The topic of conversation during the senate education committee hearing Thursday morning was charter schools and how the state should go about making them a part of the educational system.
"This is an opportunity for us to look at what other states have done and take those best practices in other states and craft a law that would give us a foundation to have good charter schools beginning with the state law that we pass this year in the legislature," said committee chairman Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford.
Lawmakers will be taking up legislation on whether to change the state's charter school law which currently requires a school to be rated as low performing for three consecutive years before it can be given a charter status, which is known as conversion charters.
New proposals would allow for open charters which would be the creation of charter schools, instead of just converting those failing schools.
"We are at a critical point in terms of existing legislation governing charter schools in this state," said state Superintendent of Education Dr. Tom Burnham.
Burnham says currently in Mississippi 140 schools are failing and on the path to becoming a charter. As a charter school, they are publicly funded, but privately operated under the same educational standards as traditional schools. They're also given more budgetary freedom in exchange for high academic performance.
Burnham told lawmakers to be mindful of management and make sure there's a revocation process included in any legislation for schools to loose charter status if performance isn't achieved.
"Why would you let it continue year after year if it isn't successful," said Burnham.
Across the state line in Arkansas, Scott Shirey with KIPP Delta Schools, a charter system, says he would be interested in expanding into Mississippi if open charters were allowed.
"We know that there are traditional public schools who do a fantastic job but even within those traditional public schools there are children falling through the cracks," said Shirey.
If allowed, Burnham says the State Board of Education would like to be the authorizing party for charter schools, but at this point, proposals are just proposals until lawmakers turn them into law.
"Until legislation is passed we're like everyone else, we're just trying to determine what's going to happen," said Burnham.
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