Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Department of Education’

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 […] [...]

DPS asks lawmakers for more money; education funding in question

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is seeking 45 percent more money from the state general fund for the coming year, a far-larger increase than any other agency has requested during this week’s state budget hearings. “That’s just not realistic to me,” Sen. Terry Brown told Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz during […] [...]

Judge blocks takeover of school system; second district asks for stay

LEFLORE COUNTY and CLAIBORNE COUNTY — A Hinds County judge has blocked the state takeover of the Leflore County school district, while the Claiborne County school district is asking another judge to reverse a takeover. Judge Winston Kidd signed a temporary order blocking the Leflore takeover Monday, the same day Gov. Phil Bryant declared emergencies […] [...]

Bryant declares emergency in two school districts

CLAIBORNE COUNTY and LEFLORE COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency yesterday in the Claiborne County and Leflore County school districts, clearing the way for the state Department of Education to take them over. The State Board of Education last Friday sought the declaration so it could remove superintendents and school boards […] [...]

Board mulling state takeover of local school district

CLAIBORNE COUNTY — The state Board of Education has pulled back from revoking the accreditation of the Claiborne County schools, but only to consider a state takeover of the district. The board announced today that it voted unanimously in closed session yesterday to order the state’s accrediting commission to determine whether there is a state […] [...]

Auditor says schools breaking law with textbook policy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi school systems are routinely violating a state law that says they have to issue a textbook to every student to take home, the state auditor says. Stacey Pickering said that many districts are only buying enough books for a set to keep in each classroom, which may mean a student can’t […] [...]

Senators have concerns about Common Core education standards

JACKSON — A group of state senators is questioning Mississippi’s implementation of the Common Core education standards even as the state’s schools move to put those standards into place this fall. Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, said Mississippi’s decision to set different testing goals for different racial subgroups undermines the state’s adoption of the standards, along […] [...]

Schools will probably need less state funding in 2015

JACKSON — Schools are likely to seek less money from the Mississippi Legislature for the first time since the current school funding formula was created. An early estimate of the request for the 2015 budget year shows the formula requiring $28.5 million less for reach full funding. Lawmakers have allocated much less than full funding […] [...]

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