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Judge dismisses former superintendent’s lawsuit

COLUMBUS — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Columbus Municipal School District by former superintendent Martha Liddell. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns ruled to dismiss the case Friday after a telephone conference with lawyers for both parties. Documents filed with the curt say Burns moved to dismiss the […] [...]

Metcalfe mayor pleads not guilty in teacher test-cheating scheme

METCALFE — A Mississippi mayor has pleaded not guilty to charges for his alleged role in a scheme run by a Memphis educator who helped teachers cheat on certification exams over a 15-year period. Metcalfe Mayor Corey Holmes appeared yesterday in federal court in Memphis, Tenn. He remains free on his own recognizance. No trial […] [...]

Ex-school superintendent suing; alleges illegal meeting

COLUMBUS — Former school superintendent Martha Liddell has sued to get her job back. The Commercial Dispatch reports the lawsuit was filed Friday in Lowndes County Chancery Court. The lawsuit names the school district as the defendant. Liddell was fired June 17 on a 3-2 vote by the school board. The board has declined to […] [...]

Report: State’s teacher education programs ‘mediocre at best’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A group pushing for changes in how the nation trains teachers says Mississippi’s teacher training programs are mediocre at best. The report is from the National Council on Teacher Quality, and is backed by Mississippi groups pushing for educational improvements. However, leaders of some colleges of education say the council’s report either […] [...]

School superintendent terminated after party funds, travel questions

COLUMBUS — City schools superintendent Martha Liddell has been fired. The action came in a 3-2 vote of the Columbus school board. No interim superintendent was named. Controversy has surrounded Liddell after questions were raised about her use of district funds and personnel for a private party and excessive travel. Liddell had said she reimbursed […] [...]

Ex-MSU president to steer hiring for Yokohama Tire plant

WEST POINT — Former University of Alabama chancellor and Mississippi State University president Malcolm Portera begins work this month to ensure that locals get jobs at a tire plant being built in West Point. The Commercial Dispatch says Portera’s new role will be to make sure that jobs at the Yokohama Tire Corporation are filled […] [...]

Board sets qualities required in new superintendent

JACKSON — A new Mississippi superintendent of education should be able to work with lawmakers, put students first in decisions and be able to navigate the state’s diversity, say local superintendents and members of the state Board of Education. Those are among qualities state board members voted late last week to include on Mississippi’s call […] [...]

With no interim, board begins hunt for MVSU president

ITTA BENA — After failing to attract a temporary leader for Mississippi Valley State University, the College Board has decided to look for permanent president for the Itta Bena school. College Board President Bob Owens has named five board members, led by Shane Hooper of Saltillo, to seek a new leader for Mississippi’s smallest public […] [...]

Board could name state education superintendent by fall

JACKSON — Mississippi could choose its new state superintendent of education by October. The state Board of Education agreed to take applications for the post from early June through early September, with plans to interview finalists in late September and reach a contract with a new leader by October. The department has been led by […] [...]

Budget writer: Medicaid taking away from education funding

JACKSON — Funding for education is falling short because Medicaid is devouring a larger share of state money than it did a few years ago, a top Mississippi budget writer says in a letter to teachers and school administrators. House Appropriations Committee chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, wrote that expanding Medicaid would create more uncertainty about […] [...]

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