A large and growing grassroots effort against Common Core has yielded unsatisfying results for many parents, activists, and officials in Mississippi.
Instead of repealing and replacing Common Core, as opponents of the K–12 math and English standards wanted, the State Legislature passed legislation that would form a commission to review Common Core. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) has not signed or vetoed the bill at press time.
If Bryant signs Senate Bill 2161 into law, a 15-member commission would make recommendations by December to the state’s Board of Education about what academic standards to use.
Recommendations could include minor changes or a complete overhaul of the standards, state legislators say. The governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House, and Department of Education would appoint the commission’s 11 voting members. The other four would be nonvoting members. The commission would begin its work on June 1, 2015.
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After a lengthy legislative session and multiple amendments, Mississippi became the third state in the nation to pass an education savings account (ESA) bill, which will allow disabled students a state-funded scholarship account to customize individual learning tracks.
Senate Bill 2695 would establish the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs (EOSSN) program. EOSSN would allow customization of education for disabled students by directing funds into parents’ hands while reducing the...
The Florida House of Representatives is considering a bill that would streamline the charter school approval process and fast-track the closing of underperforming charters.
House Bill 7037 would create a statewide institute whose mission would be to assist in the opening of proposed charters. It would use a standardized checklist to determine important information in need of collection. The information would be used to help indicate future success for proposed schools. Sponsors say this should...