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Bryant’s proposed budget could mean higher tuition at two-year schools

JACKSON — The leaders of Mississippi’s community college system say that the 5.5 percent cut in their budget proposed by Gov. Phil Bryant could lead to higher tuition, bigger classes and more part-time instructors. They say any decrease in funding would only aggravate a money crisis that the colleges have been struggling with, as the […] [...]

Lawmakers debating new charter school legislation

JACKSON — With even opponents conceding that a bill expanding charter schools in Mississippi is likely to pass, lawmakers are trying to hash out details of a new law. The alternative public schools promise high academic performance in exchange for freedom from rules governing regular public schools. But witnesses told House and Senate members yesterday […] [...]

MDE developing statewide teacher evaluation system

by Published: January 18,2012

Tags: education, evaluations, schools, students, teachers, training

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education is developing a system for evaluating its educators that could be ready to be used during the 2014-15 school year. It would be used to help identify training needs of individual teachers, said Daphne Buckley, deputy state superintendent for quality professionals and special schools. Buckley tells the Northeast […] [...]

Old Hattiesburg High School project still in limbo

HATTIESBURG — Since officials announced plans to restore the old Hattiesburg High School, the ambitious project has seemed to be cursed with setbacks — including an arson fire — that have prevented it from becoming the gem city leaders envisioned. And now the project is in a state of limbo again — due to a […] [...]

Report gives state’s schools ‘F’ in achievement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s K-12 schools once again trail in an influential measure of school performance. Though it gets good marks for high standards, Education Week’s Quality Counts report gives the state’s school system a “C-” overall, saying the state is particularly lagging on test scores and the amount of money it spends on schools. […] [...]

Colleges, universities asking lawmakers for more money

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s university and community colleges systems are asking legislators for more money. Higher education commissioner Hank Bounds says the universities want a $30.5 million increase from last fiscal year, bringing the total funding bid for the eight schools to nearly $747 million. Eric Clark, executive director of the Board of Community and […] [...]

Delta State strikes agreement with Pinnacle Airlines

CLEVELAND — Commercial aviation graduates of Delta State University now have the opportunity to be employed as pilots at Pinnacle Airlines Corporation airline subsidiaries without the traditional recruiting and interview process. The Professional Pilot Direct Hire Program agreement was formed between Delta State and Pinnacle this past summer. Pinnacle believes the quality of students who […] [...]

Burnham to propose new law for failing school districts

JACKSON — Mississippi State Superintendent Tom Burnham said yesterday he would propose a law to allow the state to either forcibly merge or require new elections in failing school districts, because the current reform system does not work. “We will bring forward legislation this year to end conservatorship,” Burnham said at an orientation for newly […] [...]

Officials working on new test for vocational students

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education has joined with the University of Kansas on a new test to determine if vocational students are ready for their chosen career. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Mississippi officials hope the Career Pathways Assessment System will be ready for use by 2014. Officials say the program will […] [...]

USM employees placed on leave pending review of missing computers

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi officials are reviewing possible errors in the implementation of the Southern Miss U-Tab pilot program. Three Southern Miss employees have been placed on administrative leave pending a completion of the review: chief information officer Homer Coffman, director of procurement and contract services Mike Herndon and Dr. Bob Lyman, who […] [...]

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