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DAVID DALLAS: Tater don’t need no Common Core

Tate Reeves is going to save education in Mississippi by offering an alternative to Common Core. He has gathered some of the sharpest minds in Mississippi politics to come up with a plan better than the one designed and approved by the bipartisan National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief […] [...]

Gov. Bryant: Superintendent not in charge of education

JACKSON — Mississippi should change its academic goals even if the public schools superintendent wants to stick with the Common Core standards that have been put in place over the past several years, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday. “What the superintendent needs to understand is that she’s not in charge of public education in […] [...]

Reeves wants Miss. to shelve Common Core standards

JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says Mississippi should stop using the Common Core State Standards to guide its public school curriculum and should instead create its own higher standards. The Republican made the remarks Monday at a luncheon sponsored by Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol press corps. Reeves had […] [...]

Board approves plan to delay cuts in sports/activities at troubled schools

JACKSON — Cuts to sports and activities at schools districts that lose state accreditation would be delayed under a plan approved yesterday by the Mississippi Board of Education. The proposed change received no remarks during a public comment period. But board members Johnny Franklin of Bolton and Danny Spreitler of Amory voted against it. The […] [...]

None of state’s school districts get an ‘F’, but officials expect a fall

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many of Mississippi’s public schools will be able to boast of high marks for one more year under Mississippi’s A-to-F school rating system, but state officials continue to warn that grades could fall sharply next year. Under grades announced today by the Mississippi Department of Education, no district currently operating received an […] [...]

Most of state’s kindergarten students have reading issues

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A first-ever look at whether Mississippi’s kindergarten students are ready to learn to read shows that two-thirds are not. Those results, released by the Mississippi Department of Education, will be used by proponents to call for more state spending on prekindergarten classes, and to tailor efforts to help students improve before third […] [...]

Lawmakers question education leaders about escalating administrative costs

JACKSON — State education officials making their legally-mandated push to support Mississippi’s school funding formula were questioned yesterday in a budget hearing about rising spending on administrators and whether lawmakers should spend more money on programs not included in the formula. The Legislature would have to add an estimated $311.7 million to the Mississippi Adequate […] [...]

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 […] [...]

State gets federal funding for test costs of low-income students

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Education will give Mississippi nearly $55,000 to help pay the costs of low-income high school students taking Advanced Placement and other exams that could help them earn college credit after accelerated high school classes. The money comes at a time when the number of Mississippi students taking advanced placement […] [...]

Officials confirm test cheating in Clarksdale schools

CLARKSDALE — State education officials said today that Clarksdale school district employees engaged in cheating on student tests or at least knew about it. In a statement, the Mississippi Department of Education said it had determined that an investigation conducted by testing security firm Caveon determined that “reasonable cause” existed to believe that employees had […] [...]

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