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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 […] [...]

Math and science school looking for private donors

COLUMBUS — As Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science celebrates its 25th year, it’s also facing a common problem among schools — escalating costs, a decrease in state appropriations and an ever-increasing need for public support. In recent years, they’ve come to rely more heavily upon the financial backing of the MSMS Foundation and private […] [...]

More charged in multi-state teacher exam cheating scheme

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 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 […] [...]

Officials want changes to new school-rating system

JACKSON — Even before school and district report cards graded “A” to “F” are rolled out for the first time, it’s clear that lawmakers and education officials have a strong appetite for further changes to how schools are graded. In a hearing yesterday, Mississippi Department of Education officials told lawmakers they expect to examine new […] [...]

Can governor’s teacher-pay plan depend on supplemental salaries?

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — If Gov. Phil Bryant depends on supplemental salaries paid by local school boards to finance his performance pay plan for teachers, it will vary widely from district to district. The supplemental pay local school districts provide teachers — on top of their standardized state salaries — ranges from a high of $7,575 […] [...]

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