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But For One School

If it wasn’t for one school Mississippi would be looking at another claim to fame at the bottom of another list or at least tied for the bottom. The school is Hayes Cooper Center which is located in Merigold, Mississippi. The list: Number of charter schools in each state.

The first charter school opened in 1992 in St Paul, Minnesota. The charter school idea is touted as being innovative, responsive to student needs, and accountable in providing successful student results. Today in the U.S., there are approximately 5000 charter schools serving approximately 1.5 million students.

There are pros and cons regarding charter schools, as any issue. Proponents say that charter schools are innovative, responsive to student needs, and accountable for the success of their students. Opponents say there is a high turnover rate with teachers in charter schools and that public schools are academically better than charter schools. Charter schools are funded by the government in part and opponents say that this takes away from funds for public schools. And yes, opponents to charter schools say that the use of charter schools will take us back to a time of segregation.

The subject of charter schools is one of many sub-topics and needs to be explored.

What is the future of charter schools in Mississippi and its quest to move from the bottom?

12/31/2010 12:13:59 am

I think Charter Schools are a great idea. Parents need more say in their children's education. The Public School monopolies are failing our children. School vouchers that allowed families to send their children to the school of their choice would also be a good step for Mississippi to take.

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