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Biloxi teacher presented with $25K Milken Award

BILOXI — Carney Weaver, a fourth grade teacher at North Bay Elementary School in Biloxi, has received a $25,000 check from the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards. The award was announced Wednesday during a surprise visit to the school. The Milken Family Foundation Award was first presented in 1987 and is designed to provide […] [...]

Miss. House votes for school funding amendment alternative

by Published: January 13,2015

Tags: Business, education, Greg Snowden, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — House lawmakers are pushing forward alternative wording to a state constitutional referendum on school funding. The House voted Tuesday 64-57 for a resolution to guarantee an “effective” system of public schools. Language placed on the ballot by petition seeks an “adequate and efficient” system. House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden, a Meridian Republican […] [...]

House proposes different school funding amendment language

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers on Monday proposed alternate wording for a state constitutional referendum on school funding, raising the likelihood of a showdown on the House floor as early as Tuesday. The proposed language was approved 8-4 by the House Constitution Committee, said Chairman Scott Delano, R-Gulfport. House Concurrent Resolution 9, sponsored by House Speaker […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: The Bible belongs to Mississippi

Mark Twain once remarked that if Jesus were to come back the last thing he would be is a Christian. No doubt, Twain was commenting on the hypocrisy he saw in the Christian community of his time. If only Twain were alive today. He would surely relish in the joyful, loving and Christ-like behavior of […] [...]

IHL’s Hank Bounds named Nebraska president

by Published: January 12,2015

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, Nebraska, NEWS

Hank Bounds, the commissioner of higher education for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, has been chosen as the University of Nebraska’s next president. The university announced the Board of Regents voted unanimously Monday to approve the 47-year-old for the job. Bounds was one of four finalists for the job to replace J.B. Milliken, who […] [...]

Proposal would designate the Bible as Mississippi state book

by Published: January 12,2015

Tags: Bible, Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS, religion

Mississippi is the birthplace of William Faulkner, Richard Wright and recent U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. However, some lawmakers say they want to look beyond the secular literary world and designate the Bible as the state book. At least two bills are being filed during this state election year to make the holy book a […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Keep education funding out of the courts

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) that was designed to keep education funding out of court is now in court, and may stay there for years to come.   In the mid-90s, lawsuits popped up in many states over inadequate funding for schools, particularly those in impoverished areas. Mississippi was at risk because of its […] [...]

209th Civil Engineer Squadron in Gulfport being renamed

GULFPORT — Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, the adjutant general of Mississippi, will host a re-designation ceremony for the 209th Civil Engineer Squadron on Saturday in Gulfport. The unit will now be called the 209th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron. The 209th Civil Engineer Squadron began in 1969 with the activation and federal recognition of […] [...]

Miss. House leader urges defeat of education amendment

by Published: January 8,2015

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, republicans

The second-highest leader of the Mississippi House said Thursday that legislators have fulfilled their promises to improve public schools, and he urged voters to defeat an education funding proposal that will be on the ballot in November. House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, said that if people don’t like the record of the Republican-led […] [...]

Miss. school rating at bottom, but preschools get good mark

JACKSON — Mississippi again ranks last in the nation in school performance according to an influential evaluation released Thursday, but the state ranks near the top in a new measure of how many students are participating in preschool programs. Education Week’s Quality Counts report gave Mississippi a “D” overall for school performance, 51st among the […] [...]

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