Echo Announces Mott-ISO RFP

Southern Echo, Inc. is now accepting applications for our small grants program for mature grassroots community-based organizations engaged in community organizing work. The primary purpose of this program is to strengthen low-income communities and neighborhoods by investing in the development of local leaders through the community organizing process. Grants of

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Echo and Roundtable Release Charter Schools Opposition Analyses

Earlier this week, Southern Echo and the Mississippi Delta Catalyst Roundtable released critical analyses of the Mississippi Senate’s charter school bill to express opposition. Included in its analyses are crafted amendments to make the bill better in the event a bill should be passed. Click here to access the document.

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Echo Releases “Why Charter Schools are not the Answer”

Southern Echo and the MS Delta Catalyst Roundtable released the following position paper on charter schools. The paper highlights that most charter schools do not outperform traditional public schools; that massive amounts of state funding would be diverted from traditional public schools into privately-owned, privately-governed public-funded charter schools; and that

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“02/14/2012” – Ayers Lecture Series

Leroy Johnson continues the MVSU Ayers Distinguished Lecture Series with a lecture on “Public Education Budgets as Public Education Policy.” The lecture will be held at the Supervisors’ Building, 115 Court Street, Historic Courthouse Square, Lexington, MS 39095). All lectures begin at 6:00pm.

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Echo Releases New Maps Education Accountability Model

Southern Echo recently released a new batch of maps on Mississippi’s Education Accountability Model. These maps depict data provided by the MS Dept. of Education concerning the Education Accountability Model. These maps show the Accountability Status assigned to each school district, the Quality Distribution Index (QDI) score assigned to each

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Echo Releases Map Depicting Incidents of Corporal Punishment

Southern Echo released a color coded map illustrating the changes by school district from the 2009-2010 school year to the 2010-2011 school year in the use of corporal punishment – i.e. the number of occasions on which teachers or administrators beat students with a hard instrument. For each district that

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Echo’s Director Chosen as MVSU’s Ayers Distinguished Lecturer

MVSU’s Delta Research & Cultural Institute’s Ayers Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series for Spring 2012 will feature Mr. Leroy Johnson, Executive Director, Southern Echo, Inc. The focus of the Spring 2012 Visiting Lecture Series is: The Political Economy of Public Education in the Mississippi Delta The series begins this evening Tuesday

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Echo Releases First of Maps on Newly Released MS School Data

Southern Echo is releasing the first in a series of maps that makes visually accessible the complex 2011 data approved by the State Board of Education on Friday, September 16, 2011 regarding School District Accountability Rankings, Quality Distribution Index scores, Graduation rates, and other data. The attached color-coded maps and

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