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USM finally holds inauguration ceremony for Bennett

HATTIESBURG — More than a year after he took the reins at the University of Southern Mississippi, President Rodney Bennett has been officially inaugurated. Bennett is being hailed as the first black person to lead a historically white university in Mississippi. The 10th president of the 15,000-student university has already faced a major challenge, leading […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Senate committee approves Wright as state superintendent

JACKSON — State Superintendent Carey Wright is one step closer to being confirmed to her post. The Senate Education Committee voted 14-1 today in favor of Wright, who was hired by the state Board of Education to lead Mississippi’s public schools. The measure goes next to the full Senate for consideration. Wright, who previously worked […] [...]

Listening sessions scheduled as board looks for new ASU president

LORMAN — Members of the Board Search Committee appointed by College Board president Aubrey Patterson to lead the search for the next president of Alcorn State University will hear from constituency groups in Campus Listening Sessions Feb. 19. The discussions will center on the qualities and qualifications stakeholders believe the next institutional executive officer should […] [...]

After appeal, board terminates school principal

TUPELO — The Lee County School Board has voted to terminate former Belden Center principal Ralph Green. Green, who was fired by superintendent Jimmy Weeks in September, had appealed the decision to the school board. He had a closed personnel hearing during the fall. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the board discussed his appeal […] [...]

Strobel, former president of MUW, dies in car accident

COLUMBUS — James W. Strobel, who served 1977-88 as president of Mississippi University for Women, died Jan. 8 in a car accident in Florida where he was living. He was 80. A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Strobel received his bachelor’s degree in botany at Ohio University and earned a doctorate in plant pathology at Washington State […] [...]

Educators feeling pinched from lack of funding

JACKSON — School superintendents say that because Mississippi isn’t fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses. The Center for Education Innovation released a report yesterday calling attention to what districts say are real-world consequences of not enough money. The report collected examples of […] [...]

Judge rules ex-superintendent must pay restitution for bribery

GREENVILLE — The federal judge has rejected a request from a former school superintendent to reconsider a requirement to $75,000 lump sum restitution payment in a bribery case. Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced Nov. 18 to 76 months in prison for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the […] [...]

Ex-school superintendent cannot meet restitution payment

GREENVILLE — The former superintendent of a school district in the Mississippi Delta convicted in federal bribery case says he can’t make a $75,000 mid-January restitution payment ordered by a judge. Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced to 76 months this month for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence […] [...]

Georgia woman to get house arrest for bribery; ex-superintendent wants leniency

GREENVILLE — Federal prosecutors are recommending house arrest for a Georgia woman charged with bribing a Mississippi school superintendent in a district that spent $1.4 million to use her reading program for children, according to court records. Edna Goble, who owned Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Ga., did business with the Greenville Public School […] [...]

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