Monday, May 20 2013 6:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:54:08 GMT
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned. According to DMR Public Relations Manager Lauren Thompson said DMR received a report about the incident around 6:30 p.m.More >>
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:53:06 GMT
Community members and fellow classmates of Natalie Hightower are gathering tonight for a candlelight vigil in her honor. The 12-year-old Vancleave Middle School student underwent surgery this past MondayMore >>
They came, looking like a sea of orange--Natalie's favorite color, more than 200 strong.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:54:09 GMT
This morning a Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) team is meeting with law enforcement agents about assisting in an animal rescue. HSSM released few details on the Monday rescue. They wouldn'tMore >>
This morning a Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) team is meeting with law enforcement agents about assisting in an animal rescue.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.
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 >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
With the expected addition of charter schools to Mississippi's educational system, some parents are left wondering what they are. Senate education committee chairman Gray Tollison says beyond what they are, they'll provide a competitive option for education.
"The Concept of a public charter schools is just to provide and bring some innovation into our public school system," said Sen. Tollison, a republican from Oxford.
While a charter school is in fact a public school, there are some differences. A state board would have to authorize charter schools to establish themselves through a contract. That contract would give charter schools flexibility in determining how to meet student needs and lay out the goals of the school.
"In essence, it's a guarantee that this school will teach kids well or they close," said Forest Thigpen with the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.
Thigpen says in exchange for that flexibility, charter schools are held to a high level of accountability and achievement. Charters have the same testing, audit and civil rights requirements as traditional schools and can not charge tuition to attend. They can not reject students and if too many students apply, there must be a lottery.
"If a community and parents and students want it, this gives them an option if they're not happy with their current school system," said Sen. Tollison.
A charter school would not replace a current school and they'll be funded just like traditional schools. The money the state spends on each child would follow that child to the school of their choice. Thigpen says while there may be some misunderstandings about what a charter school is, they're certainly not a new concept. Forty one states already have charter school laws. Nearly two million students are enrolled in about 6,000 charter schools across the country.
"In states that have had charter schools for a while, a lot of people still don't understand what they are because they're a little bit different," said Thigpen.
Under current house and senate bills, a private school would not be able to convert to a charter.
The current house bill goes as far as only allowing 15 charter schools to open a year.
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