Posts Tagged ‘public education’

State gets federal funding for test costs of low-income students

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Education will give Mississippi nearly $55,000 to help pay the costs of low-income high school students taking Advanced Placement and other exams that could help them earn college credit after accelerated high school classes. The money comes at a time when the number of Mississippi students taking advanced placement […] [...]

Secretary of State assisting in investigation of school A/C thefts, vandalism

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has issued an alert on the statewide scrap metal registration system, LeadsOnline, regarding the recent theft and vandalism of more than 50 air conditioning units in Jackson area schools. “You cannot get much worse than stealing from schoolchildren at the start of the school year,” says Secretary of […] [...]

Officials confirm test cheating in Clarksdale schools

CLARKSDALE — State education officials said today that Clarksdale school district employees engaged in cheating on student tests or at least knew about it. In a statement, the Mississippi Department of Education said it had determined that an investigation conducted by testing security firm Caveon determined that “reasonable cause” existed to believe that employees had […] [...]

Commission recommends no state of emergency for Greenwood schools

GREENWOOD — The Commission on School Accreditation voted yesterday against recommending that a state of emergency be declared in the Greenwood School District. The Commission decided to give the district until Oct. 15 to correct all of the deficiencies found in the Mississippi Department of Education’s audit report. The MDE and the Mississippi School Board […] [...]

Commission to decide if emergency should be declared in Delta school system

GREENWOOD — Mississippi’s Commission on School Accreditation is meeting today to consider if it will recommend that a state of emergency be declared in the Greenwood School District. Such a recommendation would clear the way for the state Board of Education to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare an emergency, leading to a state takeover […] [...]

Former Gov. Musgrove pushing lawsuit to school districts

JACKSON — A group of lawyers including former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is traveling Mississippi trying to get school districts to sign up for a lawsuit against the state seeking repayment of the $1.5 billion that the state had underfunded its K-12 school formula in recent years. Backers of a separate effort to write a full-funding […] [...]

Schools to ask lawmakers for a $370M budget increase

JACKSON — Mississippi’s public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to get, state education leaders said yesterday. The state Board of Education approved a 2016 budget request seeking $370 million over the $2.49 billion lawmakers allotted in the […] [...]

Delta school gets more time to reply to accreditation audit

GREENWOOD — The Greenwood school district will get six more days to respond to a report by the Mississippi Department of Education that claims widespread violations of state standards occurred in the district. Mississippi’s Commission on School Accreditation voted yesterday to give Greenwood until Monday to reply to a 46-page state accreditation audit. The commission […] [...]

Madison County voters could be asked to approve yet more bonds

CANTON — Madison County Superintendent Ronnie McGehee says the school system will likely ask voters to approve another bond issue within the next three years. McGehee tells the Madison County Journal by 2016, the need for another middle school, a separate 9th-grade building at Germantown High School or both will justify the cost. Germantown High […] [...]

Dismissed Delta school principal wants reinstatement

GREENWOOD — Former Greenwood High School principal Percy Powell is going to court to try to get his job back. Powell’s attorney, Preston “Bo” Rideout, has filed a notice of appeal in Leflore County Chancery Court, The Greenwood Commonwealth reported. Powell will ask the court to put him back on the job he has held […] [...]

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