Archive | February, 2012

‘Catholic Day’ or not, Bryant to vow immigration crackdown support

February 28, 2012

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By Ted Carter Gov. Phil Bryant will gather in the Capitol Wednesday with Tea Party allies to detail progress on giving Mississippi an “Alabama-style” law to keep undocumented immigrants from working in the state. The 1:30 p.m. joint press conference with the Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement and the Mississippi Tea Party could […]

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Rating ‘successful’ public schools

February 23, 2012

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The charter school bill debate has brought attention to the way the Mississippi Department of Education rates the achievement of its school districts. (Scroll to end of post for detailed MDE information.) Despite the fact that a school district may contain a majority of poorly performing schools, the MDE will still label it as “successful,” […]

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Charter school bill passes MS Senate

February 22, 2012

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Amendment to limit charters to under-performing districts fails After nearly five hours of debate the Republicans in the state Senate passed the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 by a vote of 34-17, largely split down party lines. The House is expected to introduce its own charter schools bill this week. Senate Bill 2401, […]

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Business Digest: Higher ed failing to train students for work, says businesses

February 21, 2012

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U.S. business leaders are losing faith in the ability of higher education to train the work force of the future. That’s the takeaway from a report entitled “Hiring and Higher Education,” released Feb. 13 by two think tanks, The Committee for Economic Development (CED) in Washington and Public Agenda in New York. The report compiles […]

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Sen. Ed Committee passes charter school legislation

February 21, 2012

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The Senate Education Committee passed the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 this morning. The legislation will now be considered by the Senate. Charter schools are open-enrollment public schools that are freed from some of the rules, regulations and statutes that apply to other public schools in exchange for accountability for producing certain results. […]

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Business Digest: Realtors hope $25B foreclosure settlement will spark housing revival

February 19, 2012

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With the residential real estate industry shell-shocked from years of a moribund market, its spokespeople can be forgiven for taking a cautious attitude toward this week’s announcement of a $25 billion settlement with five of the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders over flawed and fraudulent foreclosure practices. The money in the settlement will mostly go to […]

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Highlights of proposed charter school bill

February 16, 2012

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Senate Bill 2401, the “MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS ACT 1 OF 2012″ introduced by Sen. Gray Tollison is now available to the public. Read the full bill here. See Feb. 13, 2012 MBJ story, “Advocates want more flexible charter school bill.” Interesting  and notable elements in the bill: Independent Authorizer Board created SB 2041 creates […]

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Some states to use foreclosure settlement money to patch budgets

February 16, 2012

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Seeing a chance to plug budget holes in their states, three governors are laying claim to portions of a recent $25 billion mortgage foreclosure settlement to be paid by five of the nation’s largest banks. Where authority for use of the money rests is not entirely clear. Some media reports say U.S., Attorney General Eric […]

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Itron Inc. buys SmartSynch for $100 million

February 16, 2012

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SmartSynch, a Jackson-based energy technology firm, has been acquired by Itron Inc. The $100 million deal was announced yesterday and is expected to close by the second quarter of 2012. Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) is a leader in the global energy and water resource management market with headquarters in Liberty Lake, Wash. They work with 8,000 […]

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Noxubee Refugee name change honors late FWS director Hamilton

February 15, 2012

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President Obama signed into law Tuesday legislation to change the name of Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi to the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, in honor of the late director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “It is fitting that Sam’s distinguished career and extraordinary contributions to wildlife conservation – and […]

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