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Special education voucher plan passes Mississippi Senate

February 12, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi senators have voted to give $7,000 vouchers to a small percentage of special education students so they could go to private school or receive other education services outside the public schools. Senate Bill 2695 passed Wednesday, with 27 senators voting for it and 21 against it. The proposal will move to the […]

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Mississippi House OKs $2,500 raise for assistant teachers

February 11, 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi House has voted to give assistant teachers a substantial pay raise. The base pay for the job is currently $12,500 a year. A bill that was debated Wednesday originally would have set the base pay at $13,500. The House accepted a proposal by Democratic Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson to set […]

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Delta-Energy Group locating operations in Natchez

February 10, 2015

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JACKSON — Officials from resource recovery company Delta-Energy Group, LLC announced today the company is locating operations in the former International Paper facility in Natchez. The project represents a corporate investment of $45 million and will create 91 new jobs. From its Natchez location, wholly owned subsidiary Delta-Energy Natchez, LLC will use its proprietary process to […]

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Principal: Do we want to educate our children or not?

February 6, 2015

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NOTE: The following opinion column was first published by The Hechinger Report and is re-published with its permission.   By Shannon Eubanks   BROOKHAVEN — Last year, an amendment to the Mississippi Constitution that would mandate adequate and efficient funding of public schools — and the ability to seek judicial relief — was placed on […]

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Senate committee proposes 27-member Common Core commission

January 29, 2015

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JACKSON — Senators are considering a 27-member commission to suggest changes to the state’s academic standards as part of an effort to change or replace Mississippi’s current Common Core-based standards. The Senate Education Committee voted 10-3 Thursday to approve Senate Bill 2161, which would set up the commission to recommend changes to the state Board […]

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State Rep. Aldridge, R-Tupelo, not seeking re-election

January 29, 2015

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TUPELO — Republican state Rep. Brian Aldridge of Tupelo says he’s not running this year for a fourth term in the Mississippi House. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that Aldridge discussed his decision Wednesday. He represents House District 17, located entirely in Lee County. He has served in the House since 2004. Last December, the Mississippi […]

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DAVID HAMPTON: What’s the alternative for Mississippi education?

January 26, 2015

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What is the alternative?        State lawmakers may think that will be the question voters will be asking about the language in a proposed constitutional amendment on education funding. But voters may be asking that question in a different manner. Just what is the alternative to adequately funding education?      The Mississippi House and Senate, […]

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U.S. Easing Decades-Old Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

January 15, 2015

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WASHINGTON — According to the New York Times, the United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century, opening the door to a new era of contact between neighbors that have been estranged longer than most of their citizens have […]

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Boyce stepping down as president of community college

June 23, 2014

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GOODMAN — The president of Holmes Community College will be stepping down on June 30 to become associate commissioner for academic affairs with the Institutions of Higher Learning. Glenn Boyce has been president at Holmes since 2005. The junior college’s main campus is in Goodman with branches in Ridgeland, Kosciusko and Grenada. Before being named […]

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Ex-Secretary of State Clark backing Cochran for Senate reelection

June 20, 2014

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Dr. Eric Clark, former Mississippi secretary of state and current executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, is endorsing Thad Cochran in his bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate. At a press conference, Clark said: “The first comment I would make is that I’m here as a citizen of Mississippi, and not representing […]

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