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More than a dozen school districts sue state over funding

JACKSON — Fourteen Mississippi school districts sued the state yesterday, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state’s public school funding formula over the last six years. The lawsuit also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program. State lawmakers have underfunded the formula by […] [...]

Voters in Okolona approve school bond issue

OKOLONA — Voters in Okolona have approved a $2 million school bond issue. The announcement of Tuesday’s election results were held up while local officials counted 465 absentee ballots yesterday. Complete but unofficial returns show 62 percent of those voting approved the bond issue. A 60 percent margin was required for passage. The bulk of […] [...]

MSU receives funding for two proposals aimed at boosting NASA missions

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is receiving funding for two proposals expected to help NASA achieve its long-term space mission as well as enhance commercial partnerships and technological innovation on Earth. The federal agency announced principal investigator Judy Schneider of the university’s Advanced Materials and Processing Research Group was awarded the grants through the NASA-Marshall […] [...]

Voters in Lowndes County reject bond issue for school projects

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County voters have failed to pass a $47 million bond issue. Complete but unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show more than 51 percent of those voting supported the bond issue. However, the bond needed 60 percent of votes cast to pass. The district planned to build a new $20 million New Hope […] [...]

Southern Miss to celebrate recovery from 2013 tornado

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate significant post-tornado recovery achievements with a special ceremony set for 10 a.m., Sept. 5 on the Hattiesburg campus. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will feature a grand reopening of the Ogletree House, the home of the University’s Alumni Association that suffered extensive […] [...]

Tragedy for Jackson Prep: Football player Walker Wilbanks dies

by Published: August 25,2014

Tags: Jackson Preparatory School

Jackson Preparatory School football player Walker Wilbanks died Monday after coming off the field and  complaining of illness during the school’s home opener Friday night against Oxford. The official cause of death was listed as cerebral adema secondary to exercise associated hyponatremia. Joe Pressler, the high school junior’s lead physician at University of Mississippi Medical Center, said […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi needs one university

by Published: August 25,2014

Tags: Business, David Dallas, education, IHL, leadership, Mississippi

Football season is here and what better time to consider consolidating our public universities in Mississippi as we strive for that coveted spot in the BCS national championship. After all, what is the value of higher education if alums can only brag about Rhodes Scholars. While school consolidation in many ways has proven detrimental to […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Recurrent national searches suggest management problems

Organizations that regularly announce “national searches” to replace CEOs tend to have internal management problems. High performing organizations tend to promote from within.   Consider our universities. The IHL Board has long been the king of national searches, with mixed results.  Community colleges, on the other hand, are noted for promotion from within, with generally […] [...]

Fitch wants new financial literacy program for students

TUPELO — State Treasurer Lynn Fitch says she wants to help Mississippi young people become more comfortable with handling their finances. Fitch is pushing a computerized financial literacy program in schools across Mississippi called Treasurer’s Education About Money. “We’re doing this to get them a critical life skill they so need. It’s important that they […] [...]

Jackson State to rent apartments for up to $1.9M

JACKSON — Jackson State University will lease 444-bed apartment complex next to its campus, with hopes of buying it later to accommodate increasing enrollment. The College Board approved plans for JSU to lease the Palisades apartments, spending as much as $1.9 million. Because some apartments are leased, only 290 beds would be available immediately. JSU […] [...]

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