Posts Tagged ‘teach’

Dozens of public schools eligible to convert to charter

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Maybe you saw it on the big screen in “Won’t Back Down.” Parent takeovers of failing public schools could be coming to Mississippi. According to the Mississippi Department of Education, 35 schools are eligible for the first time to be converted to charter schools. A majority of parents must sign a petition […] [...]

Teacher to answer charges of cheating on certification test

by Associated Press Published: September 28,2012

Tags: bench, certification, cheat, cheater, cheating, court, education, examination, judge, judicial, judiciary, scam, scheme, school, school teacher, teach, teacher, teaching, test

COLUMBUS — A Columbus teacher is scheduled to be in federal court in Memphis, Tenn., on Oct. 3 to answer charges she participating in a scheme in which teacher candidates would hire others to take certification tests. WCBI-TV reports 34-yeard-old Darcel Gardner, a special education teacher at Columbus High School, was placed on administrative leave […] [...]

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 […] [...]

More charged in multi-state teacher exam cheating scheme

by Associated Press Published: September 20,2012

Tags: certification, cheat, cheater, cheating, court, education, educator, examination, grand jury, indicted, indictment, judge, scheme, teach, teacher, teaching, test

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Federal prosecutors in Memphis have announced that 10 more people have been indicted in a scheme to hire others to take teacher certification tests in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. The additional defendants stem from a 45-count indictment returned by a grand jury in July that charged Clarence Mumford Sr. of Memphis with […] [...]

Gap between school funding formula, appropriation widening

JACKSON — The gap between the state’s school funding formula and money actually being appropriated could widen past $300 million next year, raising new questions about the formula’s future. Interim state Superintendent Lynn House told legislative budgeters the Mississippi Adequate Education Program will need $300.6 million more in the 2014 budget year than it received […] [...]

Public universities asking lawmakers for $72.4M budget increase

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s institutions of higher learning have asked lawmakers for $72.4 million more for the fiscal year that begins next July 1. “We’ve made a lot of cuts. We have consolidated programs. Now we have hit a wall,” higher education commissioner Hanks Bounds told members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee yesterday. Bounds […] [...]

Ex-USM instructor files lawsuit with multiple allegations

HATTIESBURG — A former University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has brought numerous civil claims against the university, asking for reinstatement and unspecified actual and compensatory damages in a lawsuit removed to U.S. District Court. The Hattiesburg American reports Bonnie Gerald also lists former university president Martha Saunders, former provost Robert Lyman and faculty members […] [...]

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 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 […] [...]

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