Posts Tagged ‘teacher’

Governor accuses Board of keeping down teaching standards

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is criticizing members of the state College Board for their opposition to increasing requirements for teaching candidates. Bryant, in an unusual appearance at the board’s meeting yesterday, accused the board and the state’s public universities of trying to keep standards low. The governor wants to require college students who want […] [...]

Bill passes allowing armed teachers, staff in public schools

JACKSON — House members want to steer the school safety debate back toward letting school districts arm teachers and employees. The House voted 70-46 to amend Senate Bill 2659 to allow school districts to decide to allow guns in schools. The Senate bill had included a proposal by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to help schools […] [...]

House passes bill allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would allow school boards to arm teachers with concealed weapons. House Bill 958 would let boards create policies authorizing employees, including cafeteria workers and janitors, carry concealed weapons on campus. A previous version of the bill limited the number of employees with weapons at each school, […] [...]

Educator rejects plea deal, will stand trial in teacher exam scandal

by Associated Press Published: January 25,2013

Tags: bench, case, certification, cheat, cheater, cheating, court, deal, exam, judicial, judiciary, justice, law, legal, plea bargain, teach, teacher, teaching, test, trial

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In a surprising legal move, a longtime Memphis educator is going to trial on charges that he led a three-state organization that helped teachers cheat on qualification tests. At a hearing this morning, Coleman Garrett, a lawyer for Clarence Mumford Sr., told a federal judge that his client is not changing his […] [...]

State, Ole Miss jointly launching teacher recruitment program

by MBJ Staff Published: January 23,2013

Tags: college, education, higher education, public university, recruit, recruitment, teach, teacher, teaching

OXFORD and STARKVILLE — Mississippi’s two largest universities have joined forces to create a program designed to attract the state’s best and brightest students into the field of education through a private gift totaling more than $12.9 million. The Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program, or MET, is a joint effort by the School of Education […] [...]

Lawmakers to introduce bill making kindergarten mandatory

JACKSON — Momentum may be building toward making kindergarten mandatory in Mississippi. At least four senators plan to introduce bills requiring 5-year-olds to attend school, and at least one House member also plans such a bill. The Education Commission of the States says Mississippi would become the 15th state to make kindergarten attendance mandatory. The […] [...]

Later school year start has many opponents, including educators

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — When Gov. Phil Bryant signed a new law, requiring Mississippi public school districts to start the school year no earlier than the third Monday in August, many rejoiced. After all, the later start date would extend summer vacation, have a positive impact on tourism in the state and mean fewer days of […] [...]

Six educators indicted for cheating; two still active in classroom

by Associated Press Published: November 27,2012

Tags: cheating, court, crime, criminal, education, educator, indict, indictment, law, legal, license, school, teach, teacher, teaching

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Six Mississippi teachers have been indicted for participating in a scheme in which teacher candidates would hire others to take certification tests. Teachers in Tennessee and Arkansas have also been implicated. The case stem from a 45-count indictment returned by a grand jury in July that charged Clarence Mumford Sr. of Memphis […] [...]

Authorities: Teacher test-cheating scandal ‘brazen’

by Associated Press Published: November 26,2012

Tags: cheat, cheater, cheating, education, educator, school, teacher, teaching, test

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send […] [...]

Federal judge to weigh Delta schools’ desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — A federal judge will hear arguments Dec. 11 in Oxford on proposals to desegregate two schools in the Cleveland School District. In May, the school district filed a proposal with the federal court to desegregate the East Side High School and D.M. Smith Middle School. The school system wanted to introduce magnet programs […] [...]

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