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ALAN TURNER: Education in Mississippi – good and bad news

At a recent lunch meeting sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright delivered an assessment of public education in Mississippi. To her credit, Dr. Wright didn’t sugarcoat the problems facing Mississippi’s schools, acknowledging that Mississippi continues to sit at the bottom of state rankings in education.  […] [...]

SELENA SWARTZFAGER: Students best prepared by Master Teachers of Economics

Last week, 20 teams from 18 schools from throughout Mississippi competed, flexing their intellectual muscle and testing their economic knowledge at the state Economics Challenge.  In its 12th year and made possible by BankPlus, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, State Farm, Millsaps College, and Security Ballew, Inc. and delivered by the Mississippi Council […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Cannabis for the rest of us

Did you know the federal government has been growing marijuana in Mississippi for over 30 years? For government use? Not at some secret location on some Mississippi back road, but on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Tons and tons of the really good stuff, so good even the feds have got […] [...]

MARTY WISEMAN: The current racial strife and the failure to educate

A sentiment being expressed with all too great a frequency lately is one characterized by a growing bewilderment at the widening of the chasm in race relations in America.  With each incident where a person of color is the ultimate recipient of action on the part of law enforcement our inability to communicate with each […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Boyce takes hot spot as IHL commissioner

Ready or not, Dr. Glenn Boyce has been named IHL Commissioner.  He steps into the hot spot abandoned by MUW president Dr. Jim Borsig and recently vacated by now University of Nebraska system president Dr. Hank Bounds.   A high performer for nine years as president of Holmes Community College, Dr. Boyce came into the IHL […] [...]

College Board names Glenn Boyce as higher education chief

JACKSON — The College Board has again turned to one of its own to take the post of higher education commissioner, promoting former Holmes Community College President Glenn Boyce. The board chose the 57-year-old Boyce on Thursday in a closed session and announced the decision Friday. Board President Aubrey Patterson said Boyce will get a four-year […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: The third grade reading gate, book buddies and school principals

by Published: April 16,2015

Tags: Business, column, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

For third graders in Mississippi the gate is about to be opened or closed for them to enter the fourth grade next year because this is the year that they must pass a test to make certain they are reading at grade level. The requirement is an effort to make certain that social promotions no […] [...]

MVSU raises budget by $1.1 million for modular housing loss

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University has raised its budget by $1.1 million to cover costs of buying and installing modular housing on its campus. The university originally intended to lease the dorms, but concluded it would be better to buy them. However, the school is collecting less revenue than expected, because MVSU had […] [...]

DAN JONES FALLOUT — Borsig says no thanks to leading 8 Mississippi universities

JACKSON — Acting state Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Borsig said there’s no connection between his decision to step away from the job and tumultuous talks he led about the University of Mississippi chancellor’s contract. Borsig announced Thursday that he wants to remain president of Mississippi University for Women rather than lead the state’s system of […] [...]

KILL BILL: Common Core death knell heads to Gov. Bryant’s desk

by Published: March 31,2015

Tags: Business, Common Core, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant

JACKSON — A bill headed to Gov. Phil Bryant would establish a group to study whether Mississippi should modify or walk away from Common Core academic standards. The House and Senate on Tuesday both passed the final version of Senate Bill 2161. If Bryant signs the bill into law, an 11-member commission would make recommendations […] [...]

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