Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Most of state’s kindergarten students have reading issues

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A first-ever look at whether Mississippi’s kindergarten students are ready to learn to read shows that two-thirds are not. Those results, released by the Mississippi Department of Education, will be used by proponents to call for more state spending on prekindergarten classes, and to tailor efforts to help students improve before third […] [...]

Georgia woman gets jail time for bribing ex-Delta school superintendent

GREENVILLE — A federal judge has sentenced Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble to 30 months in prison for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children. Goble, who owned Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Georgia, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to pay bribes in connection with […] [...]

BOOL BIZ — An old literary form gets new life from a writer on the rise

by Published: April 14,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, reading, writing

For many of us, the word “essay” conjures up thoughts of college application essays or the essay portions from exams in middle school and beyond. Or, perhaps we remember the assigned readings of essays by thinkers like Frenchman Michel de Montaigne (who was the first person to describe his writing as essays back in the […] [...]

Judge rules ex-superintendent must pay restitution for bribery

GREENVILLE — The federal judge has rejected a request from a former school superintendent to reconsider a requirement to $75,000 lump sum restitution payment in a bribery case. Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced Nov. 18 to 76 months in prison for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the […] [...]

Woman pleads guilty to bribing ex-school superintendent

GREENVILLE — A Georgia businesswoman has pleaded guilty to federal charges of bribing a former superintendent of schools in Greenville in exchange for a contract for her company’s reading program. Edna Goble entered the plea yesterday to one count in federal court in Oxford shortly before her trial was to begin. No sentencing date has […] [...]

Choctaw Books closes doors after 3 decades of book business

Choctaw Books owner Fred Smith is emphatic that customers understand why all of his books are marked down 30 percent. “It’s a store closing sale. I’m not going out of business,” Smith says from behind a desk piled high with books and appraisal orders. “Its not like I’m dying.” It’s been a busy month for […] [...]

State’s booksellers are skeptical of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding, the Internet’s trendy new way to fund everything from music videos to medical procedures, has caught the eye of independent booksellers struggling to keep their doors open. The New York Times recently reported that book dealers in San Francisco and New York City were resorting to asking for donations on popular crowdfunding sites like […] [...]

Pentimento is a must-visit for Mississippi readers

CLINTON- When Debbie Amacker Tillman was growing up in small town Mississippi, one of her favorite things to do was read. “We had a bookmobile which was the thrill of the week in Pelahatchie,” Tillman says. After her family moved to Natchez, not a week went by when she couldn’t be found reading at the […] [...]

Bryant: ‘Mom in the workplace’ led to nation’s education woes

Gov. Phil Bryant told an audience at today’s Washington Post Live event that America’s education mediocrity began when women got into the workplace. The comment is already a top headline trending on washingtonpost.com. Read more in today’s Business Blog.   [...]

CRAWFORD: Third grade reading reform

by Published: April 19,2013

Tags: Bill Crawford, Phil Bryant, reading, third-grade

“Transformational change” said Gov. Phil Bryant, thanking the Legislature for enacting key elements of his “Education Works” agenda. “I thank the Legislature for working with me to raise the bar for public education and create transformational change for our children,” he said. “Half-hearted” said the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, describing the Bryant’s “Third Grade Gate” […] [...]

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