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Fitch wants new financial literacy program for students

TUPELO — State Treasurer Lynn Fitch says she wants to help Mississippi young people become more comfortable with handling their finances. Fitch is pushing a computerized financial literacy program in schools across Mississippi called Treasurer’s Education About Money. “We’re doing this to get them a critical life skill they so need. It’s important that they […] [...]

Teacher exam fraud case ends; four agree to stop teaching

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scandal have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, prosecutors said yesterday. Janett Dixon, of Northport, Alabama; Corey Holmes, of Metcalfe; Charles Ray Lee, of Magee; and Nia Kimble-Harris of […] [...]

Senate passes teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has unanimously passed Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ plan to raise teacher pay and reward academic progress at schools. Under the plan, current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay by July 2015. The plan also raises beginning teacher salaries to keep Mississippi’s brightest teachers in the state. “This […] [...]

Lawmakers pushing for staggered pay raise for teachers

JACKSON — House Speaker Philip Gunn and fellow Republicans want to give a $1,500 raise to most public school teachers in 2015 and 2016, and a projected raise of around $2,750 over the following two years, assuming state revenue continues to grow at a healthy rate. The House Education Committee approved the plan yesterday, with […] [...]

Lawmakers pass teacher pay bill, but is it legal?

JACKSON — The Mississippi House yesterday passed a bill meant to ensure teachers get a full paycheck in August, but school board leaders say they don’t believe the proposal is legal. The dispute is wrapped up in an effort by school boards and superintendents to roll back a 2012 legislative mandate that classes can’t start […] [...]

Bryant’s State of the State focuses on jobs, education

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant presented a generally optimistic outlook about Mississippi during his State of the State address, focusing on job creation and saying he believes the state can improve its academic performance with charter schools and merit pay for teachers. Republican Bryant, who’s beginning his third year as governor, said he wants to […] [...]

Groups gather at Capitol to push for teacher pay raise

JACKSON — Public school teachers and education advocates rallied at the Capitol yesterday to push for higher pay and increased state aid to public schools — not a new fight, but one that they hope will have more success this year than it has in the past. The Mississippi Association of Educators, or MAE, the […] [...]

Gunn: Teachers deserve pay raise

JACKSON — Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn yesterday repeated his support for an across-the-board teacher pay raise this year. But, the Republican said it will be weeks before lawmakers will know how much money is available to put into raises. Legislators have an early April deadline to adopt a budget for fiscal 2015, which begins […] [...]

Gunn: Teacher pay raises should be up for debate

JACKSON — Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said yesterday that he wants lawmakers in 2014 to consider the first across-the-board teacher pay raise in the past seven years. He said legislative leaders have not yet discussed details about how large a raise might be considered. “A lot of it’s going to depend on how much […] [...]

State granted delay in implementing teacher evaluations

JACKSON — The federal government has granted Mississippi permission for a one-year delay in the use of evaluations to hire and fire teachers. The decision was announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education. Mississippi and Nevada became the first two states to win approval for a delay. When Mississippi won a waiver from federal […] [...]

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