How one Mississippi elementary school improved to an A rating

In 2010, a year after Andrea Pastchal-Smith became principal of West Elementary School, formerly named West Oktibbeha County Elementary, the struggling school earned an “Academic Watch” rating from the state. At the time, that was equivalent to a D on the state’s A-F rating scale (which has been modified in recent years). Things are different now: Earlier this year the school received an A rating on the state’s new accountability scale, according to The Hechinger Report. Read the report here.

New charter school will be first to operate in rural part of state

Charter schools are a controversial issue across the country, but perhaps even more so in rural areas where cash-strapped districts with dwindling student enrollment must grapple with the possibility of losing both students and funding to a new school, according to a new article by The Hechinger Report. Read the report here. Read about Mississippi Today’s charter school events:

Discussion in Clarksdale: Are charter schools viable in rural Mississippi?

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Concern in Clarksdale over charter school

Coalition to improve Jackson Public Schools is a rare takeover model

The future of Jackson Public Schools is now in the hands of a coalition that includes representatives from Gov. Phil Bryant’s office, Jackson Public Schools, the City of Jackson, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. But how common is this governance-by-coalition model across the country? Read The Hechinger Report here.