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Georgia woman gets jail time for bribing ex-Delta school superintendent

GREENVILLE — A federal judge has sentenced Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble to 30 months in prison for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children. Goble, who owned Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Georgia, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to pay bribes in connection with […] [...]

USM looking into possible identity theft by ex-staff member

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is investigating allegations that an employee accessed personal information of other employees on the Hattiesburg campus. USM President Rodney Bennett informed staff and faculty of the investigation by email yesterday. Bennett says the staff member at the focus of the allegations, whom he did not identify, has resigned. […] [...]

Brown: People ‘sick of hearing’ about inadequate education funding

BILOXI — State education leaders said at a Mississippi Municipal League school funding forum that when the state doesn’t fully fund schools, the bill winds up being the problem of local governments. State Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said people are “sick of hearing we don’t have the money to fully fund education,” adding that next […] [...]

MGCC renovating, adding wing to STEM building

JACKSON COUNTY — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s board of trustees has approved a $5-million building project meant to boost STEM programs at the college’s Jackson County Campus. The project, paid for with state and local funding, will renovate and add a new wing to the existing STEM building and will provide for 10,000 square […] [...]

Valley State to rent modular units during dorm renovations

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University plans to lease modular housing units beginning next fall to offset a housing shortage during dormitory renovations. The College Board approved the plan, giving Higher Education Chancellor Hank Bounds approval over any final contract. In supporting documents, the university doesn’t list a price for the rentals, but says […] [...]

Board approves MUW’s request to waive out-of-state tuition

COLUMBUS — The Mississippi University for Women will expand its waivers of out-of-state tuition charges. The university won College Board approval to waive the higher charges for all residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee; active military members, their spouses and children; students within an academic year of completing a degree; and children and grandchildren […] [...]

Bryant’s criticism of Common Core raises questions

JACKSON — Gov Phil Bryant appeared to ratchet up his rhetoric against the Common Core academic standards yesterday, calling them “failed.” But late in the evening, a spokeswoman said his position had not changed, intensifying questions about whether Bryant’s statements would actually open the door to the standards’ repeal in Mississippi. Critics say Common Core […] [...]

Belhaven gets approval to start nuring program

JACKSON — State officials are initially approving Belhaven University’s plan to start a nursing program. The College Board voted to allow the private Jackson university to start admitting students this fall to a program that will let them earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The board will still have to give final approval to the […] [...]

College Board postpones decision on budget increase request

JACKSON — College Board members are delaying a decision on how large a budget increase to seek from Mississippi lawmakers. The board voted yesterday to delay the decisions until June 27, saying they wanted to learn more about the large increases universities were seeking for some research units. The state’s eight public universities asked the […] [...]

Fall tuition to be higher at most of state’s community colleges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Tuition will rise at nine of Mississippi’s 15 public community colleges this fall, with average tuition for two semesters (fall and spring) rising about 4 percent to $2,476. Here are the rates each college has approved or proposed to the state Community College Board, as well as the percentage change from the […] [...]

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