Posts Tagged ‘education’

College Board names Glenn Boyce as higher education chief

JACKSON — The College Board has again turned to one of its own to take the post of higher education commissioner, promoting former Holmes Community College President Glenn Boyce. The board chose the 57-year-old Boyce on Thursday in a closed session and announced the decision Friday. Board President Aubrey Patterson said Boyce will get a four-year […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: The third grade reading gate, book buddies and school principals

by Published: April 16,2015

Tags: Business, column, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

For third graders in Mississippi the gate is about to be opened or closed for them to enter the fourth grade next year because this is the year that they must pass a test to make certain they are reading at grade level. The requirement is an effort to make certain that social promotions no […] [...]

DAN JONES FALLOUT — Borsig says no thanks to leading 8 Mississippi universities

JACKSON — Acting state Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Borsig said there’s no connection between his decision to step away from the job and tumultuous talks he led about the University of Mississippi chancellor’s contract. Borsig announced Thursday that he wants to remain president of Mississippi University for Women rather than lead the state’s system of […] [...]

Mississippi riddle: why do tax collections belie drop in employment?

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi is one of 28 states whose employment numbers in the 25-54 age group — the prime earning years — were lower in 2014 in terms of percentages, five years after the end of the national recession, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report. In 2007, 79.9 percent of those in the […] [...]

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. […] [...]

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