Posts Tagged ‘Board of Education’

Education leaders applying for $15M in grants for pre-kindergarten program

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education plans to seek grants from the federal government worth up to $15 million a year for four years to expand an existing pre-kindergarten program. That money could boost Mississippi’s fledgling effort to provide state-paid preschool for 4-year-olds. Supporters had hoped lawmakers would expand the amount of money they […] [...]

Board approves emergency contract for Common Core tests

JACKSON — The state Board of Education approved an emergency contract yesterday that means Mississippi’s public school students will take multistate tests this year to evaluate student mastery of the Common Core state standards. The board approved the $8.3 million contract with a unit of Pearson, PLC in a closed session. The one-year stopgap comes […] [...]

Schools to ask lawmakers for a $370M budget increase

JACKSON — Mississippi’s public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to get, state education leaders said yesterday. The state Board of Education approved a 2016 budget request seeking $370 million over the $2.49 billion lawmakers allotted in the […] [...]

Board votes to fund Common Core-aligned standardized tests

JACKSON — The Board of Education has approved spending about $8.4 million on standardized tests aligned with the new Common Core state standards. The board voted May 16 for the first year of what could be a four-year contract with a division of the British firm Pearson, PLC. The money is Mississippi’s share of the […] [...]

Education officials changing school rating system

JACKSON — Mississippi is reworking its rating system for school districts and high schools after federal officials demanded the ratings put more weight on high school graduation. The state Board of Education voted to seek public comment on the revised rules, which would apply beginning with this year’s ratings. Those ratings will be released this […] [...]

Wright confirmed as state superintendent of education

JACKSON — Four months after she started work, Carey Wright’s position as Mississippi’s state superintendent of education is official. State senators voted 46-6 to confirm Wright yesterday after a brief debate that focused on whether her values are right for Mississippi and whether senators should support her advocacy of Common Core state standards and publicly […] [...]

Officials expected to okay Common Core standards

JACKSON — Despite ongoing opposition, state education officials are expected to approve new Common Core standards that they say will prompt students to think more analytically and learn less by memorization. Following discussions held yesterday, the state Board of Education was likely today to approve new high school course descriptions, and a transition plan for […] [...]

Board votes for emergency declaration for two school systems

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi state Board of Education is seeking to take over the Claiborne County and Leflore County school districts, but will grant the Yazoo City system a reprieve. The board voted this morning to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare states of emergency in Claiborne and Leflore. The move would mean that […] [...]

School districts face state takeover this week

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi school districts have moved one step closer to a state takeover. The state Accrediting Commission recommended yesterday that states of emergency be declared in the Claiborne County, LeFlore County and Yazoo City school districts. The state would take over the district if the state Board of Education approves the recommendation […] [...]

Ex-mayor Aultman named to Board of Education

CLINTON — Former Clinton Mayor Rosemary Aultman has been appointed to the state Board of Education. House Speaker Philip Gunn announced his appointment Monday. He said Aultman will serve as his recess appointment to the board through Dec. 31. Aultman served as mayor in Clinton for 20 years. Gunn says he worked with Aultman while […] [...]

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