Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Department of Education’

Judge rules ex-superintendent must pay restitution for bribery

GREENVILLE — The federal judge has rejected a request from a former school superintendent to reconsider a requirement to $75,000 lump sum restitution payment in a bribery case. Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced Nov. 18 to 76 months in prison for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Ex-school superintendent cannot meet restitution payment

GREENVILLE — The former superintendent of a school district in the Mississippi Delta convicted in federal bribery case says he can’t make a $75,000 mid-January restitution payment ordered by a judge. Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced to 76 months this month for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence […] [...]

Eighth-graders score poorly compared to those in other countries

WASHINGTON — So how do U.S. eighth-graders do in math and science when compared to their peers around the globe? Turns out it matters which state they live in, according to a study released Thursday. Massachusetts was the top performing state, but it still lagged behind some Asian countries in terms of its students’ overall […] [...]

Education Department awards ‘Blue Ribbon’ to state schools

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Four Mississippi schools have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Lovett Elementary School in Clinton, DeLisle Elementary in Pass Christian, East Hancock Elementary in Kiln in Hancock County and Oak Park Elementary in the Ocean Springs received the honor. The Department of Education recognizes schools […] [...]

Senators have concerns about Common Core education standards

JACKSON — A group of state senators is questioning Mississippi’s implementation of the Common Core education standards even as the state’s schools move to put those standards into place this fall. Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, said Mississippi’s decision to set different testing goals for different racial subgroups undermines the state’s adoption of the standards, along […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Hank Bounds has his eye on education

Dr. Hank Bounds has been a key figure in education and moving Mississippi forward for the last two decades. Only 44 years old, he is currently serving as commissioner of higher education and is one of the youngest people to hold such a position in the country. He was appointed in 2009 after serving four […] [...]

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