Posts Tagged ‘education’

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 […] [...]

Senate balks at bill to force new state testing competition

JACKSON — Senators want more work on a bill that would force the state Department of Education to relaunch a contract competition to pick state standardized tests with rules that would aid the ACT organization. House and Senate negotiators tacked the language onto House Bill 434, a must-pass bill that transfers money in the budget. […] [...]

Lessons available from past Tupelo bond votes

by Published: March 27,2015

Tags: Business, education, Lee County, Mississippi, NEWS, Tupelo

TUPELO — The road toward the Tupelo Public School District’s latest bond referendum began with a request district officials made to voters 25 years earlier. In 1990, 87 percent of those voters supported an appeal to issue $17 million in new bonds. At the time, it was the largest single bond issue for local education […] [...]

Legislators’ education alternative challenged in court

JACKSON — An Oxford school patron is asking a Hinds County judge to remove from the November ballot an alternative proposed by the Legislature to a citizen-sponsored education funding initiative. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in circuit court by Adrian Shipman of Oxford, a mother of two in the […] [...]

Lawmakers: Time to raze IHL

JACKSON — Some state lawmakers said Tuesday that Mississippi needs separate boards to govern each of its eight public universities, citing a controversial decision by the College Board to dismiss University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones. Officials at the University of Mississippi Medical Center defended their conduct, meanwhile, and Ole Miss faculty members called for […] [...]

Training funds target food stamp recipients in Mississippi

JACKSON — A $20.5 million federal program will match SNAP recipients to workforce training and job opportunities in Mississippi. The three-year funding was announced Monday by Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Southeast Regional Administrator Robin Bailey Jr. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is formerly known as food stamps. […] [...]

Education group cheers as Dems sink tax cut bill; backers say families, businesses hurt

A $555 million tax cut for Mississippi appears down for the count after Democrats decided Wednesday competing financial needs outweighed the benefits of reducing  income taxes for some brackets and cutting business and franchise taxes. The cut would have been the largest in state history, according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who had called it a timely “pay raise” for […] [...]

Oxford schools leader gets 6 percent salary increase

OXFORD — The Oxford School Board has approved a 6 percent salary increase for Superintendent Brian Harvey, who will now receive $138,427 a year. Board member Marian Barksdale tells The Oxford Eagle the salary is not out of line with school districts of similar size. Barksdale says the raise was needed to stay competitive with […] [...]

Senate sends $2.5 billion K-12 education budget to Bryant

by Published: March 17,2015

Tags: Business, education, Hob Bryan, Mississippi

JACKSON — Senators are sending a $2.5 billion K-12 education budget to Gov. Phil Bryant for the upcoming year. It’s an unusual move that means senators won’t engage in late-session negotiations with House members over a bill that makes up more than 40 percent of state spending. The measure increases funding for K-12 schools by […] [...]

ACT won’t bid on contract for Mississippi school tests

by Published: March 17,2015

Tags: ACT, Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS, test

JACKSON — When it comes to companies to provide future standardized tests in Mississippi, the ACT organization says it’s out. But it’s not yet clear who’s in. Monday was the deadline for companies to submit proposals to the Mississippi Department of Education, which could as early as April choose the test that will be used […] [...]

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