Posts Tagged ‘secondary education’

Schools get first report card under new rating system

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — More school districts achieved higher grades in the first year of Mississippi’s new school rating system, thanks to increased test scores and the suspension of graduation rate requirements for higher-scoring districts. Districts and schools got letter grades for the first time today. Under a new law, the old seven-step system, running from […] [...]

DOE reports graduation rate up, dropouts down

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state is seeing an increase in its graduation rate and a slight decrease in its dropout rate, according to new figures released today by the state Department of Education. The figures also show small improvements in student performance on state standardized tests. The state’s graduation rate rose to 73.7 percent from […] [...]

Public schools to ask for $320M increase to 2014 budget

JACKSON — Mississippi’s public school system will seek an additional $320 million for the 2014 budget year, according to figures released yesterday. Each year, the state Board of Education must compute the amount called for under the state’s kindergarten through grade 12 funding formula, called the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Under the 1997 law that […] [...]

Supreme Court refuses to reconsider Chevron/school tax case

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court yesterday declined to reconsider a ruling that a 2007 state law was unconstitutional in requiring the Pascagoula schools to share some tax dollars generated from Chevron facilities with other districts. The April ruling overturned a decision by a Jackson County judge who upheld the law. The law required property […] [...]

Schools to dip into reserves; won’t request tax increase

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest County School District will not request a millage increase for 2012-13, but will instead use money from its reserve fund to pay for extra expenses in its budget. The Hattiesburg American reports the school district’s budget for the upcoming school year is $24.9 million, up from last year’s budget of $23.9 […] [...]

Justice asks for time to review schools’ desegregation request

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a judge for more time to respond to the Cleveland School District’s plan to desegregate two local schools. The school district is not opposing the request. The school district filed a proposal in May with the federal court to desegregate the East Side High School and […] [...]

Officials lobbying School Board for tax increase to meet budget

PURVIS — The Lamar County School District is asking for a millage increase to balance its budget for the 2012-13 school year. The Hattiesburg American reports Superintendent Ben Burnett and district CFO Jennifer Hession presented the proposed budget to the Lamar County School Board yesterday. The school district’s proposed budget is $77.8 million, up from […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Superintendent Burnham to retire after 43-year career

JACKSON — Mississippi Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham is retiring. Burnham will complete his second stretch as leader of the state’s 152 school districts on June 30, timing his departure to the end of the budget year. “I have served passionately for 43 years as an educator striving to make positive changes and to provide […] [...]

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