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"Very interested parent in the charter school," says Connie Collier. "I think every child learns at a different rate, their own pace, and this is something where parents can be more involved."
Schools in Springfield have high populations of low income and Hispanic students, and have posted years of low or failing test scores. County schools have performed better. The divide prompted a federal lawsuit by City Alderman James Hubbard.
"It was getting publicity, people saying don't move to Springfield because the school system is bad," says Hubbard. "That was the straw that broke the camel's back for me."
Charter schools use public money but operate independently, often targeting failing students. Starting one is complex and requires community support, but many produce dramatic results.
"Our charter schools have focused on students academically struggling and when you measure academic growth, we have some of the most rapidly growing public schools in Nashville and in the state, so they do well with those student populations," says the Tennessee Charter Schools Association's Matt Throckmorton.
Springfield is still a long way form getting a charter school, but parents are at least interested.
"There's always different ways to do things and if this is an option that might help some families and children to catch up and get a better education, we at least need to learn about it and do our research," says Kathy Gunn.
This was just an informational meeting tonight, but a lot of parents joined the mailing list to learn more. Because of the deadlines required to start a charter school, officials say the earliest one could open here would likely be August of 2015.
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Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.