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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 […] [...]

After appeal, board terminates school principal

TUPELO — The Lee County School Board has voted to terminate former Belden Center principal Ralph Green. Green, who was fired by superintendent Jimmy Weeks in September, had appealed the decision to the school board. He had a closed personnel hearing during the fall. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the board discussed his appeal […] [...]

Poor conditions of schools could spur more consolidation debate

JACKSON — Reports of decrepit buildings, illiterate high school students and bloated employee rolls could fuel another round of school district consolidation by the Mississippi Legislature. Bob Strebeck, who runs the Leflore County system since the state took control last year, told Senate Education Committee members yesterday that conditions in the 2,800-student system are the […] [...]

Board receives dozens of charter school applications

JACKSON — Groups say they are interested in opening as many as 30 charter schools in Mississippi. Charter School Authorizer Board Chairman Tommie Cardin said he received letters of intent for as many as 28 schools by the 5 p.m. yesterday deadline. A Columbus group said it also applied for two more schools, and Cardin […] [...]

Groups gather at Capitol to push for teacher pay raise

JACKSON — Public school teachers and education advocates rallied at the Capitol yesterday to push for higher pay and increased state aid to public schools — not a new fight, but one that they hope will have more success this year than it has in the past. The Mississippi Association of Educators, or MAE, the […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Group wants to open two charter schools in Columbus

COLUMBUS — Another group interested in starting a charter school — this one to be located in Columbus — has said it plans to file an official letter of intent with the state before the Jan. 22 deadline. Columbus Coalition for Educational Options hopes to start two charter schools at the site of a former […] [...]

Educators feeling pinched from lack of funding

JACKSON — School superintendents say that because Mississippi isn’t fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses. The Center for Education Innovation released a report yesterday calling attention to what districts say are real-world consequences of not enough money. The report collected examples of […] [...]

Report ranks state schools’ performance 51st in the nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Despite strong state standards, Mississippi students are not catching up to the rest of the nation, ranking last in a school performance evaluation released today. Education Week’s Quality Counts report puts Mississippi 51st among the states and Washington, D.C., in K-12 student achievement. That is actually down a notch from last year. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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