Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Department of Education’

Lawmakers debate bills to fire state employees, shorten school year

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature is considering two education-related bills — one passed out of committee while the other was set aside. The Mississippi Department of Education would have the power to fire state employees at will for two years under a bill being considered in the House. State officials say they need the power […] [...]

Delta school district wants to revoke teachers’ licenses

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Public School District will ask the Mississippi Department of Education to revoke the licenses of any teacher who fails to serve out his or her one-year contract. The Department of Education requires that school districts submit the names of teachers who breach their contract. The Delta Democrat Times reports the school […] [...]

Officials expected to okay Common Core standards

JACKSON — Despite ongoing opposition, state education officials are expected to approve new Common Core standards that they say will prompt students to think more analytically and learn less by memorization. Following discussions held yesterday, the state Board of Education was likely today to approve new high school course descriptions, and a transition plan for […] [...]

School officials believe they can avoid state takeover

NATCHEZ — A Mississippi Department of Education official told Natchez-Adams School District board members there is no doubt the district can pull itself out of the “F” rating category to avoid a state takeover in September. The Natchez Democrat reports that Morgantown Middle School and Natchez High School have received an “F” rating from the […] [...]

State granted delay in implementing teacher evaluations

JACKSON — The federal government has granted Mississippi permission for a one-year delay in the use of evaluations to hire and fire teachers. The decision was announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education. Mississippi and Nevada became the first two states to win approval for a delay. When Mississippi won a waiver from federal […] [...]

Schools appealing audit; superintendent calls it ‘witch hunt’

SCOTT COUNTY — The Scott County school district will appeal a state audit claiming it’s violating state standards. Superintendent Bingham Moncrief tells The Clarion-Ledger that the September accreditation audit was a “witch hunt.” The state Department of Education says Scott County violated 20 of 27 standards reviewed. The audit claims, among other things, that the […] [...]

Delta schools lose in bid to stop state takeover

LEFLORE COUNTY — The Leflore County school system will not be allowed to block a state takeover. In an order issued yesterday, the state Supreme Court said the school system has no legal right to appeal an emergency takeover order from the governor. The ruling sets a precedent to block future challenges from other districts. […] [...]

State groups report little impact from federal shutdown

JACKSON — Agency directors and spokesmen say Mississippi government is feeling little effect from the federal government’s partial shutdown that started last week. This includes the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Medicaid — state agencies that handle large amounts of federal money. For now, […] [...]

Pickering calls results of school system audits ‘alarming’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Office of the State Auditor has released the 2012-2013 Mississippi Student Information System (MSIS) School Audits Comprehensive Annual Report. During the previous school year, OSA conducted audits in 46 school districts totaling 146 schools across the state. “Each school district is required to submit specific student and personnel information to the […] [...]

MCEF completes new statewide online training curricula

RIDGELAND — The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) has completed the first statewide online adoption of the standardized, competency-based, industry-driven NCCER construction and manufacturing curricula since its inception as the Wheels of Learning almost 20 years ago. The NCCER curriculum and its online NCCERconnect component are integral parts of a curricula for training the state’s […] [...]

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