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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 […] [...]

Twelve groups petitioning for charter school authorization

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A dozen groups have filed applications for the first charter schools in Mississippi. Charter School Authorizer Board chairman Tommie Cardin released Saturday the list of groups that met the 5 p.m. Friday deadline. Lawmakers in 2013 approved an expanded law allowing charter schools — public schools run by private groups that agree […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Debt Service is Big Spending

by Bill Crawford Published: March 14,2014

Tags: Bill Crawford, corrections, debt service, education, Medicaid

What are the big spending categories in Mississippi’s General Fund? Well, everybody knows education is number one. Education, which includes public schools, universities, community colleges, schools for the blind and deaf, vocational education, ETV and libraries, at $2.8 billion accounted for 56.6 percent of General Fund appropriations last fiscal year. Eh, is Medicaid number two? […] [...]

Senate passes bill to increase education funding

JACKSON — Senators are supporting an additional $60 million for Mississippi’s education funding formula. The Senate voted 26-24 yesterday to adopt an amendment to House Bill 1476 — the state K-12 budget — taking money from Medicaid and moving it to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Eight Republicans crossed party lines to vote with all […] [...]

House rejects Senate’s teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — House and Senate negotiators will meet to discuss differences in their pay raise proposals for Mississippi public school teachers. The move comes after the House rejected a Democratic attempt to agree to the Senate’s pay raise proposal by a 71-50 vote yesterday. Democrats argued that the House should accept the Senate plan because […] [...]

Bill repeals law requiring later start to school year

JACKSON — House leaders are giving up on requiring school to start later in August. The House passed Senate Bill 2571 Tuesday, repealing a 2012 law saying public schools can start class no earlier than August’s third Monday. The bill was held for more debate. If House members reject that, it would go to Gov. […] [...]

State Senate approves school-takeover bill

JACKSON — Requirements for the Mississippi Department of Education to take over dozens of struggling schools would be eased under a proposal moving forward in the Legislature. The state Senate approved an amended version of House Bill 455 today, sending it back to the House for more work. Today, the state would be required to […] [...]

Report touts MGCCC’s workforce training programs

PERKINSTON — A recent study found that Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is the state leader in workforce training and is responsible for more than 75 percent of all workforce development within its four-county district. These results are part of the data released in MGCCC’s Economic Impact Report, which outlines the college’s partnerships with industry, […] [...]

Rankin chosen as new president of Alcorn State

LORMAN — The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning has chosen Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. as president of Alcorn State University. “I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me to lead Alcorn State University,” said Rankins. “I look forward to working with the ASU family to build […] [...]

Senate passes teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has unanimously passed Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ plan to raise teacher pay and reward academic progress at schools. Under the plan, current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay by July 2015. The plan also raises beginning teacher salaries to keep Mississippi’s brightest teachers in the state. “This […] [...]

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