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More school districts consider adopting energy curriculum devel

An energy curriculum developed by Mississippi State University for high school students is entering its second year, and the pilot program could add school districts for the current academic year. Conceived with a handful of the state’s energy companies and developed by MSU’s Research and Curriculum Unit, the program focuses students on several areas of […] [...]

Senate passes charter school bill, Bryant will sign

After two years of struggle, a bill to make it easier to create charter schools is on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The State Senate voted 34-18 Wednesday to approve House Bill 369, which widens legal authority for charter schools. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says he had hoped to […] [...]

School district business manager accused of stealing retires

TUPELO — The Lee County School District business manager alleged to have embezzled from the school district has retired. Randy Thweatt was placed on paid administrative leave April 17 after he was arrested by officials from the State Auditor’s Office. The school board changed that to unpaid leave on April 24 after he was indicted […] [...]

Capital City residents to pay more taxes to support schools

JACKSON — Jackson residents will soon pay more in taxes supporting the city’s school district. When 81 percent of voters in 2006 approved a $150 million bond issue to build more schools and improve others, it meant they were willing to have property taxes raised to pay that debt. But city leaders didn’t raise taxes […] [...]

Board to name House interim state superintendent of education

JACKSON — The Mississippi Board of Education plans to name Lynn House as interim state superintendent today. The board chose House, now deputy superintendent for instructional enhancement and internal operations, following a closed meeting yesterday. It will formally ratify the choice today. House, 60, will replace Tom Burnham, who announced earlier this month that he […] [...]

School superintendent’s resignation accepted during emergency board meeting

GREENVILLE — Harvey Franklin Sr., superintendent of the Greenville Public School District, has resigned. The Delta Democrat Times reports the school board accepted the resignation during an emergency meeting today. Franklin’s resignation is effective immediately Deputy superintendent Leeson Taylor II has been named “acting interim superintendent” until June 30, the end of the district’s fiscal […] [...]

Bill passes to consolidate Delta county’s school districts

BOLIVAR COUNTY — Five Bolivar County school districts would be merged into two in 2014, under a bill headed to Gov. Phil Bryant’s desk. Senate Bill 2760 passed the House 66-53 and the Senate 31-19. It would require that the Benoit, West Bolivar and Shaw districts merge into a new West Bolivar district based in […] [...]

AP analysis shows schools’ reserves, impact of proposed cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Phil Bryant wants to cut funding to local public schools in grades kindergarten through 12 by 3.7 percent, an amount equal to almost $150 per student. He wants the districts to make up the reductions by tapping their reserve savings. The state’s 152 districts had more than $450 million in the […] [...]

Analysis: School districts might not be able to cover budget cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — At least 18 of 152 Mississippi school districts might not have enough money to cover a cut in state funding, an Associated Press analysis finds. Those districts could be forced to borrow money, cut services or raise taxes to make up the difference. That includes districts considered poor, such as Shaw in […] [...]

House subcommittee passes broader charter school bill

JACKSON — A charter school bill moving forward in the Mississippi House is more expansive than the one passed last week by the state Senate. The bill, passed yesterday by a House subcommittee, would not only create a new board to approve charter schools, but also would allow any of the state’s 152 local boards […] [...]

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