Posts Tagged ‘public schools’

Key vote on charter school legislation expected today

JACKSON — A Mississippi House Education Committee vote on a charter schools bill will wait until today. Yesterday’s committee meeting ended abruptly without a vote, with Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, promising to meet again today. Some Democrats said the Republican majority lacked votes to pass the bill. “It was going to be close right now,” […] [...]

House unanimously passes public school construction bill

JACKSON — Legislative action could set off a small building boom for Mississippi’s public schools. A measure passed by the House on a unanimous vote last week — and now awaiting action in the Senate — would renew schools’ power to borrow against state aid checks. After the 1997 passage of the state funding formula, […] [...]

House committee narrowly approves charter school bill

JACKSON — In a close vote, the House Education Committee approved a plan yesterday to expand charter schools in Mississippi. Committee members voted 14-12 for the bill. A number of Republicans voted “no,” even though the measure is a top priority of their party’s leadership. That could signal trouble in a House where the GOP […] [...]

Report gives state’s schools ‘F’ in achievement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s K-12 schools once again trail in an influential measure of school performance. Though it gets good marks for high standards, Education Week’s Quality Counts report gives the state’s school system a “C-” overall, saying the state is particularly lagging on test scores and the amount of money it spends on schools. […] [...]

MSU gets major award to recruit, train teachers

STARKVILLE — A major U.S. Department of Education award to Mississippi State University’s College of Education will aid in recruiting and training new middle school teachers from some of the state’s poorest, most rural areas. The department’s recent five-year Transition to Teaching grant for the Teacher Education for Rural Middle Schools (TERMS) program is designed […] [...]

Burnham to propose new law for failing school districts

JACKSON — Mississippi State Superintendent Tom Burnham said yesterday he would propose a law to allow the state to either forcibly merge or require new elections in failing school districts, because the current reform system does not work. “We will bring forward legislation this year to end conservatorship,” Burnham said at an orientation for newly […] [...]

$1M grant to help Meridian recruit teachers

MERIDIAN — The Meridian Public School District has received a grant of more than $1 million. The grant from the Phil Hardin Foundation, awarded during the past week, will be used in a program designed to recruit and retain effective teachers. The grant will be distributed over five years — $253,000 for year one, which […] [...]

State’s high school drop-out rate on the rise

by For the MBJ Published: May 5,2011

Tags: drop-out rate, education, graduation rate, public schools

JACKSON — State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tom Burnham announced that Mississippi’s dropout rate for the class of 2010 is 17 percent. The previous year’s dropout rate was 16.8 percent. The graduation rate changed slightly with the current rate at 71.4 percent, compared to last year’s graduation rate of 71.6 percent. The completion rate for […] [...]

Vinson selected as district’s conservator

by Associated Press Published: February 19,2010

Tags: education, public schools, school districts

OKOLONA — The state Board of Education was expected to name former Tupelo school superintendent Mike Vinson today as the conservator of the struggling Okolona School District. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports state superintendent Tom Burnham recommended Vinson for the job. Under the state law, the governor has to declare a state of emergency […] [...]

Board eyeing troubled school district

by Associated Press Published: February 16,2010

Tags: education, public schools

JACKSON — The state Board of Education meets Thursday to decide whether to ask the governor for a state of emergency so it can take over the Okolona School District. The district has two schools with 657 students. Officials say the problems in Okolona include everything from buildings to classroom instruction, federal programs and special […] [...]

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