Posts Tagged ‘school’

Supporters turn out strongly for charter school hearings

JACKSON — So far, hearings on applications for Mississippi’s first charter schools are being dominated by supporters. Speakers in Jackson said yesterday that they support RePublic Charter Schools’ plan to open Reimagine Prep, serving grades 5-8. That followed a Tuesday hearing in Columbus where speakers backed the Inspire Charter School STEM and Arts Scholars Academy, […] [...]

Board votes to fund Common Core-aligned standardized tests

JACKSON — The Board of Education has approved spending about $8.4 million on standardized tests aligned with the new Common Core state standards. The board voted May 16 for the first year of what could be a four-year contract with a division of the British firm Pearson, PLC. The money is Mississippi’s share of the […] [...]

Utah company hired to investigate test cheating at Delta school

CLARKSDALE — The Mississippi Department of Education has hired Utah-based Caveon Test Security to investigate cheating allegations at Heidelberg School in the Clarksdale Municipal School District. Caveon Test Security is a full-service test security organization that has national experience and expertise in the industry. “I want this investigation to be conducted in an efficient, orderly, […] [...]

Board to retool school rating system again after superintendents balk?

JACKSON — After resistance from district superintendents, the Mississippi Board of Education is likely to again rework its rating system for high schools and districts. Just last month, at the demand of federal officials, the board gave heavier weight to high school graduation rates, making it count for 20 percent of high school and district […] [...]

Council seeking public comment on farm-to-school programs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm to School Interagency Council is inviting public comment on proposed objectives of the Council and the promotion of farm to school programs in Mississippi in general. The public comment period will end on June 16 at 11:59 p.m. The Interagency Farm to School Council was created by the Mississippi Legislature […] [...]

Charter school board schedules public meetings

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi communities will get their say on proposals to open charter schools. The Charter School Authorizer Board voted to set public hearings on May 20 in Columbus, May 21 in Jackson and May 22 in Natchez. It’s another step before the board decides whether it will approve what would be Mississippi’s […] [...]

Student files contempt motion over school prayer

BRANDON — A student supported by an atheist group says the Rankin County school district is still violating a ban on school prayer. The senior at Northwest Rankin High School, represented by the American Humanist Association, filed a contempt motion yesterday in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The student says an April 17 districtwide honors […] [...]

Bryant expected to sign teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — Pay raises for Mississippi public school teachers are close to becoming law. Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign House Bill 504 today at the state Capitol. It calls for teachers to get two across-the-board pay raises worth $2,500 and then be eligible for merit payments in 2016-2017. The bill includes a $1,500 […] [...]

Education officials changing school rating system

JACKSON — Mississippi is reworking its rating system for school districts and high schools after federal officials demanded the ratings put more weight on high school graduation. The state Board of Education voted to seek public comment on the revised rules, which would apply beginning with this year’s ratings. Those ratings will be released this […] [...]

Students compete in bridge-building competition

JACKSON — Yesterday, middle and high school students from around the state competed in the Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) Bridge Building Competition at the Hilton Garden Inn (King Edward Hotel) in Jackson. The TRAC program introduces students to a wide variety of career opportunities in the field of engineering and teaches students how to […] [...]

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