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School district expanding early childhood education program

TUPELO — The Tupelo Public School District says it will expand its pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports starting Dec. 1, the pre-K program will go from 12 classes to 13. That will increase the enrollment from the current 240 children to 260. The announcement of an additional class at the […] [...]

University’s proposal to offer flat tuition rate approved

CLEVELAND — The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning approved Delta State University’s proposal to offer a single flat tuition rate for all students, resident and non-resident. All new non-resident undergraduate and graduates enrolling at Delta State next fall will be eligible for the new tuition rate. Currently enrolled non-resident students will […] [...]

Private early-education group lobbies lawmakers for funds

JACKSON — A private group is asking the state for $5 million to continue efforts to improve childcare and education for preschool children. Mississippi Building Blocks works to make preschoolers ready for kindergarten by training preschool teachers and helping child care operators. The group has used $7 million in private money to run its program […] [...]

Education officials want emergency declaration in Oktibbeha County

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — The Mississippi Board of Education (MBE) determined that an extreme emergency situation exists in the Oktibbeha County School District. Acting on a recommendation from the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation, the MBE voted unanimously to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency for the school district. The Oktibbeha County […] [...]

Defense Department grant puts state-raised food in schools

DESOTO COUNTY — Either by fork or fingers, the second- and third-grade students of Chickasaw Elementary in Olive Branch dived into some Magnolia-state raised blueberries and cantaloupes as a part of a farm to school awareness program. Picking a blueberry up with her fingers, second-grader Mary Katherine Stephens, 8, liked the tiny cup of fruit […] [...]

Community colleges see enrollment drop; universities only modest gain

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A spike in college enrollment appears to be easing for Mississippi’s public universities and community colleges. Enrollment fell 5 percent at the state’s 15 community colleges, and rose only 0.6 percent at its eight public universities, according to preliminary figures. It’s the second straight decrease at community colleges. Enrollment dipped to 81,311 […] [...]

MUW launches branding campaign with interactive sessions

COLUMBUS — Mississippi University for Women kicked off the early stages of its new branding campaign this week with the first of a series of interactive discussions. The Commercial Dispatch reports six sessions are planned this month with small groups of stakeholders, around 25 per session. The sessions are being managed by idgroup USA, a […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Commission sides with newspaper in school test-cheating probe

GREENWOOD — The Mississippi Ethics Commission has sided with the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper and says the state Department of Education should hand over documents from any probe of possible cheating on achievement tests in Leflore County. In a non-binding opinion issued last Friday, the Ethics Commission agreed with the newspaper that such documents are public […] [...]

UM incoming freshmen set record on entrance exam

OXFORD — Incoming freshmen at the University of Mississippi have set a new record on the ACT college entrance exam. The average ACT scores (which include converted SAT scores) for incoming freshmen at Ole Miss for the fall 2012 semester hit 23.9, a record high for the university, school officials report. This figure is 0.4 […] [...]

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