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State’s public schools get report card; 20 get an ‘F’

by Associated Press Published: September 13,2013

Tags: education, elementary education, public education, public school, rating, school, school district, secondary education

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Here’s how the 151 Mississippi public school districts in 2013 were rated under the state’s A-to-F grading system for their 2013 performance, along with how they were rated in 2012. Not rated in 2012 were the Clarksdale, Corinth and Gulfport districts, which used non-standard curricula as part of a state-sponsored effort. Sunflower […] [...]

School superintendent violates ethics law, fined

TUPELO — Lee County Schools Superintendent Jimmy Weeks will repay the district more than $33,000 and pay a $10,000 fine for violating state ethics law. Weeks was cited by the Mississippi Ethics Commission for a cleaning and janitorial company he owned performing work for the school district. He offered to pay a $10,000 fine in […] [...]

School districts face state takeover this week

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi school districts have moved one step closer to a state takeover. The state Accrediting Commission recommended yesterday that states of emergency be declared in the Claiborne County, LeFlore County and Yazoo City school districts. The state would take over the district if the state Board of Education approves the recommendation […] [...]

Schools hire help to find site for vocational center

COLUMBUS — The Lowndes County School District has hired a firm to recommend four possible sites for a proposed vocational center. The Commercial Dispatch reports that the school board voted to hire Joey Henderson of JBHM in Columbus to conduct the studies. Schools Superintendent Lynn Wright said Henderson will survey the property, determine the access […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Schools hit by spiraling insurance premiums, lack of providers

HATTIESBURG — Property insurance premiums have skyrocketed for Pine Belt school districts. Some have had problems just finding a company to insure them. Lamar County School District Superintendent Ben Burnett told the Hattiesburg American that his district’s premium was about $176,000 last year but just increased by $500,000. “I was shocked,” he said. “We always […] [...]

College signs dual credit agreement with school system

FULTON — Itawamba Community College has signed a dual credit class agreement with the Itawamba County school system. Itawamba County Superintendent of Education Michael Nanney said the program offers an inexpensive way for the county’s high school students to get started on their college work. “This is a great deal for the students,” Nanney said. […] [...]

Board to vote on returning schools to local control

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi school districts are poised to be returned to local control over the next year. The three districts — North Panola, Hazlehurst and Tate County — were taken over by the state for failure to meet state standards. The state Board of Education is likely to vote tomorrow to end the […] [...]

Commission to hear from public about proposed school consolidation

STARKVILLE — A commission looking at the possible consolidation of the Starkville and Oktibbeha County schools will hear from the public on Aug. 22. The Commission on Starkville/Oktibbeha Consolidated School District also must prepare a report for the Mississippi Legislature by March 1, 2014. The results of the study are not binding. House Bill 716, […] [...]

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