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School officials struggle with overcrowded classrooms

HERNANDO — DeSoto County school officials will not move students around the district this fall but will find some way to use existing buildings to deal with a growing enrollment. With more than 30,000 students in more than 40 schools across the county, DeSoto County Schools is Mississippi’s largest public district. Crowding has been a […] [...]

Early childhood education backers rally at Capitol

JACKSON — A group of preschool operators is adding to the push for state funding to educate four-year-olds. Members of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association said at a rally yesterday at the state Capitol that they support House and Senate proposals to use state money to pay for such classes. “The time is now to […] [...]

Virtual college to use Instructure’s Canvas as learning platform

JACKSON — The Mississippi Community College Board and the state’s 15 community colleges recently selected Canvas by Instructure as the learning platform for the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC). This partnership marks the beginning of a five-year engagement with Instructure, a company in eLearning technology. Because Canvas runs in “the cloud,” MSVCC will recognize a cost savings of approximately […] [...]

Supervisors rolls out welcome mat to JSU

CANTON — Madison County officials are rolling out the welcome mat for Jackson State University. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a resolution welcoming JSU’s satellite campus to the community. The university won College Board approval last month for a 10-year, $1.5 million lease for 8,600 square feet of office space […] [...]

Board approves sweeping revamp of city’s schools

GREENVILLE — Plans to consolidate two schools in Greenville and convert a middle school into a magnet school have been approved by the Greenville School Board. The Delta Democrat Times reports the board this week approved combining T.L. Weston Ninth-Grade Academy with Greenville-Weston High School. The new Greenville High School will have grades 9-12. The […] [...]

State House to take up its own charter school bill

JACKSON — State House members are poised to take up their own version of charter school legislation. House Education Committee Chairman John Moore said his panel would take up the House legislation this morning. Moore, a Brandon Republican, said the full House could debate the measure tomorrow or Thursday, if it passes committee. The Senate […] [...]

Lawmakers to introduce bill making kindergarten mandatory

JACKSON — Momentum may be building toward making kindergarten mandatory in Mississippi. At least four senators plan to introduce bills requiring 5-year-olds to attend school, and at least one House member also plans such a bill. The Education Commission of the States says Mississippi would become the 15th state to make kindergarten attendance mandatory. The […] [...]

Later school year start has many opponents, including educators

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — When Gov. Phil Bryant signed a new law, requiring Mississippi public school districts to start the school year no earlier than the third Monday in August, many rejoiced. After all, the later start date would extend summer vacation, have a positive impact on tourism in the state and mean fewer days of […] [...]

Mississippi State, MEC partner on new scholarship program

STARKVILLE — A new scholarship program has formed representing a partnership between Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Economic Council’s Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. “Today I am very pleased to announce that Mississippi State University will offer a scholarship worth $6,000 to every STAR student in Mississippi,” MSU president Mark Keenum said. “The Mississippi […] [...]

New Pell Grant rules hurting college enrollment

JACKSON — New regulations enacted by Congress in June have stripped Pell Grant eligibility from nearly 3,000 Mississippi students. According to a recently completed study of the impact of the new Pell Grant regulations on Mississippi two-year colleges, the changes led to lower enrollments for the fall 2012 semester at 14 of the state’s 15 […] [...]

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