January 24th, 2013
The last legislative session at the state capitol was marked by the failure to get a charter schools bill out of committee and onto the floor for a vote.
Since that time, the largely Republican-backed education agenda has been at the forefront of just about every major speech delivered by Gov. Phil Bryant. The party and the supporters of charter schools made it their mission to galvanize support and get the bill, not only to the floor for a vote this session, but to also get it passed.
District 37 Representative Gary Chism has been a proponent of charter schools since the idea was first brought to the state capitol.
Chism sees charter schools, not as a fix-all for the stateâ€™s education problems, but rather as a chance for parents and students in â€śfailingâ€ť school districts to have new opportunities in education.
â€śThe current bill is going to be very limited,â€ť Chism said of the House bill that passed Thursday morning, which is different from the Senate bill that was passed last week. â€śIt will only allow for 15 charter schools to be created each year.â€ť
It is probably one of the most contentious issues that the Mississippi legislature has dealt with in decades.
Right now, the Senate and the House of Representatives are debating as to whether the state should expand â€śschool choiceâ€ť for parents and allow more charter schools to exist, especially in failing districts.
The House did not leave the capitol until the early hours of Thursday morning, but the divided body finally put the current bill to a vote, passing it 64-55.
COLUMBUS- It was dĂ©jĂ vu times fifty for the Oak Hill Junior High Raiders as the final seconds rolled off the clock at Immanuel Christian School. The Raiders had the upper-hand and were leading their opponent. The game might not have been the prettiest of the fifty consecutive wins, but the Raiders did it, defeating Immanuel 45-38.
If Elliott Hutchins gets his birthday wish, there will be a lot of hungry people fed in Clay County from now until March.
The Church Hill Elementary First Grade student will turn 7 on February 8, and he recently told his mother, Felecia Finley, something a lot of parents do not hear.
â€śHe told me he did not want any birthday presents this year,â€ť Finley said. â€śHe wants people to donate canned goods for the hungry instead.â€ť
Hutchins says that his inspiration came from commercials he saw on the Disney Channel.
Demontra Ewing dreams of being a radiologist one day.
Besides playing basketball for West Point High School, Shamaya Lyles has her sights set on being an OBGYN.
Just about everyone in Darlene Blaylockâ€™s freshman Health Science class at the West Point School Districtâ€™s Career and Technology Center wants to enter the healthcare industry in one capacity or another.
Who can blame them?
A degree in radiology alone can fetch six figures at the right healthcare facility. Doctors stand to make even better money over the course of a lifetime.
West Point author, Bobby Cole was happy to share his latest novel, â€śMoon Underfootâ€ť a sequel to â€śThe Dummy Line,â€ť at Wednesdayâ€™s Luncheon with Books.
This is Coleâ€™s second offering at Luncheon with Books. He was guest speaker February 2009, when he talked about his first published novel, â€śThe Dummy Line.â€ť Cole has since written a book called â€śRent a Muleâ€ť that should be available in the Fall.
District 16 Senator Angela Turner, (right), was sworn in on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, taking the same seat that was held by her father, the former Senator Bennie L. Turner, who held the seat from 1993, until his passing on November 27, 2012. Her mother, Edna Turner, is holding the Bible. Senator Angela Turner was well received by fellow members and has said that she will begin immediately to attend committee meetings and participate in the budget process. See more on page 5. Submitted Photo
Nancy Loome of The Parentsâ€™ Campaign, a Jackson, MIssissippi-based network of over 62,000 Mississippians, was the guest speaker at the regular meeting of Delta Kappa Gamma Society on Saturday, Jan. 19th, at 10 AM, East Side Elementary. Shown here is (from left) Nancy Loome and Lucille Armstrong, Legislative Chair for the local chapter. Ms. Loome spoke to members about charter school legislation currently before the board as well as other initiative currently being discussed.
A new study was released this week that may very well explain what is going on in Washington D.C.
Using this study, a quick diagnosis of Congress, with a heavy dose of medication could turn the tide for the American people and the U.S. economy.
The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group in Pasadena says that a study conducted over the last decade reveals a 25 percent jump in the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivty Disorder.
I believe that Washington, as a whole, has ADHD.